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 During the search that afternoon, authorities discovered the skeletal remains which have been processed and sent to the Los Angeles County Coroner for identification. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 20 July 2021 In the sixties and seventies, the political élite were suddenly taking an interest in the lower class, but their capacity for identification was apparently limited. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Variants of concern and variants of interest are assigned letters from the Greek alphabet for identification. Jason Gale, Fortune, 8 July 2021 Adoption fee includes spay/neuter and up-to-date vaccinations along with microchipping for identification. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 July 2021 Officers stationed around the perimeter stopped residents, asked them for identification and ran their names through law enforcement databases. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 28 June 2021 Allen told the outlet too that in the event that a victim doesn't have DNA from family available for immediate comparison, dental records and fingerprints are options for identification. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 25 June 2021 For identification, Pesquet, a European Space Agency astronaut, is wearing a suit with red stripes and using helmet camera 20. William Harwood, CBS News, 20 June 2021 According to the suspect's attorney, Lennon Edwards, an officer asked him for identification but did not offer an explanation for the request. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 10 June 2021

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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Identification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identification. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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