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 These actions were complemented by efforts to assist in contact tracing, the identification of people who may have come in contact with infected persons. Kevin J.a. Thomas, The Conversation, "Fighting coronavirus fear with empathy: Lessons learned from how Africans got blamed for Ebola," 6 Feb. 2020 Ruiz’s conviction was based largely on the victim’s identification of him — first in a photo array and then one on one, Saifee said. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "A rape kit that sat untested for decades just exonerated a wrongfully convicted man," 30 Jan. 2020 Boone County Coroner Missy Rittinger reported the identification was made using dental records. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Coroner identifies woman killed in Union, Kentucky fire," 29 Jan. 2020 Wolfgang Halbig, 73, of Sorrento, is charged with the unlawful possession of the personal identification of Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son, Noah, died in the December 2012 shooting, according to the Lake County, Florida, arrest record. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Sandy Hook denier charged with illegally possessing ID of victim's dad," 27 Jan. 2020 The identification by the Honolulu coroner was pending notification of next of kin. Fox News, "Honolulu officials identify remains pulled from burnt-out Hawaii home," 26 Jan. 2020 New inspectors were hired, and a sophisticated tracking system called PulseNet was launched, bringing together data from 82 labs in all 50 states and accelerating identification of emerging outbreaks and their source. BostonGlobe.com, "Is the FDA ready for the next E. coli outbreak?," 23 Jan. 2020 Limp acknowledged that Amazon would be concerned if the technology were to contribute to inaccurate identifications of people captured on camera. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement," 7 Jan. 2020 The identification badges for employees are done and the new, more secure locks is the final piece of the puzzle that has been completed. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "A Year in Review: 2019 brought promised progress," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Identification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identification. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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