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
Recent Examples on the Web The measure would require voters to write their birth date, government identification number and signature on an early ballot affidavit to vote by mail, rather than just simply putting their signatures on early ballot envelopes. Ryan Randazzo, AZCentral.com, 19 Sep. 2022 Callers often ask for personal information, such as your social security number, financial information or Federal Student Aid identification number. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 8 Sep. 2022 Some Prius owners are turning to guerilla solutions: painting their catalytic converters bright orange or pink, etching the devices with a vehicle identification number and bolting on protective plates and cages. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2022 Officers, upon running the vehicle identification number, learned that the Kia had been stolen in Cleveland. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2022 Each payment has a unique identification number that will allow the servicer representative to apply your refund accurately. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2022 Drivers must enter a valid email address and vehicle identification number (VIN) for the vehicle, which can be found on your certificate of registration or on the vehicle. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2022 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises owners to check whether their vehicle’s 17-digit identification number is included in the recall and compare it to the list on the agency’s website. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 Consumers can enter a vehicle's vehicle identification number into a US Department of Transportation website to see where its final assembly occurs to determine if the vehicle is eligible for tax credit under the new law. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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4 Oct 2022

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“Identification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identification. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for identification

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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