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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Nick Bristow with the sheriff's office said the remains were transferred to the Collin County ME for a positive identification. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Human remains found in Texas identified as those of woman who disappeared in 2014," 2 Oct. 2018 But rather than completely freak out (which would be justified, to be honest), the woman contacted the Virginia Herpetological Society for identification, according to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "A Rare Two-Headed Baby Copperhead Snake Was Discovered in Virginia," 24 Sep. 2018 The other migrants, including young children and women, one of whom reportedly had an injury, were then allowed down the gangway and taken to a center for identification. Washington Post, "Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats," 13 July 2018 Army spokeswoman Julie Halpin told NBC New York that Fort Drum officials asked the couple for secondary identification because their New York ID cards do not have bar codes necessary to gain access to the base. Samantha Schmidt, chicagotribune.com, "A couple visited their soldier son-in-law on July 4. The Army turned them over to ICE.," 10 July 2018 Customs and Border Protection officials say their agency will be careful with privacy concerns associated with storing photographs and using them for identification in a public place. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando airport's expanded facial screening touted by federal officials," 21 June 2018 Both men carried out two earlier spacewalks together in March and May. For identification, Arnold, call sign EV-1, is wearing a suit with red stripes and is using helmet camera No. William Harwood, CBS News, "Space station astronauts take spacewalk to install cameras," 14 June 2018 As reported by The Root, the father of two was delivering pizza pies to the base and was asked for identification. Angela Helm, The Root, "Just Desserts: Restaurants Boycott Brooklyn Army Base After Guard Called ICE on Delivery Man," 10 June 2018 The images were analyzed for their suitability for facial recognition, but officials say they weren’t shared with Customs or otherwise used for identification. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer," 5 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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