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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Blood, bits of tissue, and feather fragments are sent worldwide to the Smithsonian Institution for species identification, including the use of DNA and microscopic feather analysis. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35 Runs Into Another Expensive Problem: Birds," 15 May 2019 We are told that requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places not only depresses minority turnout but is tantamount to racial discrimination. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Data Disprove the ‘Voter Suppression’ Myth," 7 May 2019 The ring, along with a number of bank cards and forms of identification, as well as a computer, was in a bag that was stolen. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "A 40-Carat Diamond Once Belonging to Empress Eugenie Was Stolen In Paris," 5 Apr. 2019 Ethiopian-Israelis’ lives have been far from easy in Israel, marked heavily by economic disadvantage and pervasive discrimination that includes hiring bias, random identification checks, and police brutality. Vogue, "Eden Dersso Is the Changing Face of Tel Aviv’s Hip-Hop Scene," 2 Apr. 2019 The agency urged owners to check for open recalls by keying in their 17-digit vehicle identification number into the NHTSA website, www.nhtsa.gov/recalls . Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Takata air bags claim another life after Arizona crash," 30 Mar. 2019 When the Treasury Department initially issued customer identification regulations for banks, they were found at 31 CFR § 103.121. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 In a sneak peek from CBS, the youngster was found at a Navy vet’s murder scene, and has no identification or ties to a family. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Wilmer Valderrama Teases an Intimate Moment Between Torres and Bishop," 11 Dec. 2018 Voters in 2016 also approved a constitutional amendment intended to permit photo identification laws. David A. Lieb, The Seattle Times, "Judge blocks portions of Missouri voter photo ID law," 9 Oct. 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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