identification

noun
iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce identification (audio) , ə-\

Definition of identification

1a : an act of identifying : the state of being identified
b : evidence of identity
2a : psychological orientation of the self in regard to something (such as a person or group) with a resulting feeling of close emotional association
b : a largely unconscious process whereby an individual models thoughts, feelings, and actions after those attributed to an object that has been incorporated as a mental image

Examples of identification in a Sentence

A member of the family was brought in for identification of the body. The birds are tagged for easy identification. The police have made a positive identification of the suspect. You need two forms of identification. the movie audience's identification with the good guys
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The identification of the other photographers is unknown. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: President Truman with Los Angeles photographers in 1948," 13 June 2019 Shakespeare’s contemporaries didn’t share modern audiences’ interest in the identification of authors. Phyllis Rackin, The Atlantic, "The Hidden Women Writers of the Elizabethan Theater," 8 June 2019 Social Security numbers and insurance identification information was not stored with AMCA and not exposed. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "LabCorp data breach hits 7.7 million customers: Are you one? What do you do now?," 7 June 2019 Farrera Brochez was found guilty on multiple counts including transmitting threats for extortion and illegally transferring the identification of another person. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky man convicted of stealing HIV registry to blackmail Singapore and free husband," 5 June 2019 During trial and again at Wednesday's sentencing hearing Tedone questioned the reliability of the woman's identification of Yemini. Alicia Fabbre, Daily Southtown, "Richton Park man gets 21-year sentence in kidnapping, carjacking of Frankfort Square woman," 5 June 2019 Another fascinating discovery is the identification of two previously unknown, extinct horse lineages that were alive 4,000 to 4,500 years ago. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Speedy horses evolved only recently, says landmark equine study," 2 May 2019 Banks have been obligated to collect identification information on their customers for decades to help law enforcement track possible criminal activity. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Rules Designed to Catch Terrorists Cost This Unsuspecting Customer Her Bank Account," 13 July 2018 No identification information was immediately available. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Four killed in Berwick, Maine, crash," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of identification

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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identification

noun

English Language Learners Definition of identification

: the act of finding out who someone is or what something is : the act of identifying someone or something
: something that shows who a person is : a document, card, etc., that has your name and other information about you and that often includes your photograph
: a feeling that you share and understand the problems or experiences of another person : the act of identifying with someone

identification

noun
iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce identification (audio) \

Kids Definition of identification

1 : an act of finding out the identity of the identification of leaves
2 : something that shows or proves identity

identification

noun
iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ī-ˌdent-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ə- How to pronounce identification (audio) \

Medical Definition of identification

1 : an act of identifying : the state of being identified
2a : psychological orientation of the self in regard to something (as a person or group) with a resulting feeling of close emotional association
b : a largely unconscious process whereby an individual models thoughts, feelings, and actions after those attributed to an object that has been incorporated as a mental image

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