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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Recent Examples on the Web Fans ages 16 and under are free with a paying adult, and all active-duty first responders (including law enforcement, fire, paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will be admitted for free with valid identification. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar announces fans will be permitted at normal capacity for Road America doubleheader," 25 June 2020 According to Banner, Michigan state police policy is not to use facial recognition as a form of positive identification. Brian Fung, CNN, "This may be America's first known wrongful arrest involving facial recognition," 24 June 2020 Members of the Windrush generation were in the country legally, but many did not have the papers to prove it because such identification was never necessary until the government tightened the rules. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Britain Celebrates 'Windrush Day' Amid Broader Reckoning on Race," 22 June 2020 There was at least one person who kept posting the same string of numbers which, upon Googling, appeared to be high-ranking Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s S.S. identification number. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "President Trump and his eldest son celebrate Father’s Day with a family tradition: grasping for approval," 19 June 2020 The county’s percentage of positive tests, at 4.4% last week, has also increased, a more worrisome trend but one that health officials said is volatile and may reflect its identification of clusters and at-risk individuals. oregonlive, "Despite rising virus caseloads, wide racial disparities, Multnomah County has low hospitalizations and healthcare capacity that justify reopening, officials say," 19 June 2020 Face coverings can do double or even triple duty: protecting against noxious substances and preventing easy identification by authorities while showing support for a cause. The Economist, "Political branding A brief history of protest symbols, from cockades to raised fists," 17 June 2020 The contract makes Idemia, which already has contracts to process biometric identification for many parts of the U.S. government, among the world’s largest custodians of facial and other biometric data, the site says. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Privacy-preserving A.I. is the future of A.I.," 16 June 2020 In custody at the Towers Jail on charges of false identification and forgery. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Federal lawsuit filed against Maricopa County for treatment of inmates during COVID-19," 16 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Identification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identification. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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identification

noun
How to pronounce identification (audio)

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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