identification

noun iden·ti·fi·ca·tion \ ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən , ə- \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of identification

1 a : an act of identifying : the state of being identified
b : evidence of identity
2 a : 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

  1. A member of the family was brought in for identification of the body.

  2. The birds are tagged for easy identification.

  3. The police have made a positive identification of the suspect.

  4. You need two forms of identification.

  5. the movie audience's identification with the good guys

Recent Examples of identification from the Web

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First Known Use of identification

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IDENTIFICATION Defined for English Language Learners

identification

noun

Definition of identification for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

identification

noun iden·ti·fi·ca·tion \ ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of identification for Students

1 : an act of finding out the identity of
  • the identification of leaves
2 : something that shows or proves identity

Medical Dictionary

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
2 a : 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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