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 The bureau also allowed people to respond without a unique identification number in an effort to make answering the questionnaire easier. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 In the phone call, placed by someone using a personal identification number for Dale, the caller attempted to confirm the correct Milwaukee address to mail a letter to. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 The trailer’s vehicle identification number matched that of the one that carried the ventilators. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 An administrator must obtain a separate taxpayer identification number for the probate estate. Dallas News, 16 May 2021 Families who file with an identification number and receive CalEITC have been eligible for up to $1,200 in the first round. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 A year later, in 2018, Charleston, West Virginia, suspended its needle exchange while another area added more requirements, such as identification, to access clean needles. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, 7 May 2021 The city also agreed to policy changes, including one committing to giving each mass-arrestee an identification number on a wrist ban and another directing three officers to be present when detaining an individual. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 26 Apr. 2021 The vehicle identification number (VIN) showed a Cleveland Heights woman, 46, as the possible owner, but no corresponding plates recorded in the system. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 23 Apr. 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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18 Jun 2021

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“Identification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identification. Accessed 20 Jun. 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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