identification

noun
iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən, 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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Large numbers were forced to surrender their remaining identification documents, making them de facto stateless, international investigations show. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 Miller is charged with the unlawful possession of identification documents. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "GBI: Officer illegally accessed registration database," 7 July 2018 Their names were changed and they were issued identification documents that affirmed their new family lives and erased their pasts. James Badcock, latimes.com, "Obstetrician's trial could unlock secrets of Spain's stolen babies scandal," 25 June 2018 The family had to get all new identification documents, including passports and birth certificates that were lost in the fire. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Boy on life support at CHOP leaves U.S., arrives in Guatemala for procedure," 25 June 2018 And law enforcement the majority of states can access photos taken for identification documents like drivers licenses. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Facial Recognition Tech Is Creepy When It Works—And Creepier When It Doesn’t," 9 May 2018 In 2017, more than 6,000 identification documents were obtained for people in need, the county reported. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County provides funds to help people obtain identication documents," 24 Apr. 2018 He is identified as David Velcu, but had identification documents with different names from Italy and Romania, according to court documents. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Police find ATM skimming devices at KC area QuikTrips. Then they find their suspect | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 The maximum penalty for both falsely representing a Social Security number and for fraudulently using an identification document is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Federal grand jury indicts 5 in 3 separate Alabama crimes," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of identification

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of identification was in 1644

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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 \

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- \

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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