identification

noun
iden·ti·fi·ca·tion | \ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən, 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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The investigation of the drug-trafficking organization led to identification of nine people in key positions within the operation, all of whom were indicted on federal and state drug-trafficking, and weapons charges. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford deputy to receive national sheriff's award for investigation into Gun Trace Task Force," 15 June 2018 When students returned from spring break to campus, they were required to use clear backpacks and wear identification badges at all times. CBS News, "Clear backpacks soon the rule for students on Long Island," 19 Apr. 2018 Students and faculty also must now wear identification badges at all times. Eli Meixler, Time, "Parkland Students Are Mocking New Mandatory Clear Backpacks on Social Media," 3 Apr. 2018 Students are also required to wear identification badges at all times. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Parkland student fills his clear backpack with tampons, as new school security measure is in effect," 3 Apr. 2018 Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are now required to use clear backpacks and wear identification badges at all times. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Students have buckets of rocks to throw at school shooters in Pennsylvania district | Miami Herald," 23 Mar. 2018 Runcie also wrote that all Stoneman Douglas High students would be required to carry identification badges at all times. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Amid Recent Security Scares, Stoneman Douglas High School Requires Students to Wear Clear Backpacks," 22 Mar. 2018 Not only would Johansson be playing the kind of role that ought to be given to a trans actor, many felt, her public identification as a woman would inevitably undercut the movie’s characterisation of Gill as a man. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Scarlett Johansson won’t play a trans man after all.," 13 July 2018 The department said on Twitter that previously released video footage of a suspect attempting to steal hanging fern baskets led to his identification. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Dude, here's your gnome: Police recover property from Highlands thefts," 5 July 2018

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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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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 \

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- \

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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