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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Mall security asked the teens for identification as part of the mall’s parental guidance program. cleveland.com, "Two women arrested for not complying with mall security: Beachwood police blotter," 27 Aug. 2019 For identification, Hague, call sign EV-1, is wearing a suit with red stripes using helmet camera No. William Harwood, CBS News, "Space station gets a new docking port in key upgrade for Boeing and SpaceX visits – live stream," 21 Aug. 2019 Cats can have a few litters each year, and the San Diego Humane Society offers free spay/neuter services, vaccinations and ear-tipping (for identification) for community cats at all three of its campuses. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SD Humane Society caring for mama cat and her litter of 11. Luckily, mom can provide," 8 Aug. 2019 Downing, a passenger in the van, was asked for identification. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "After fatal IMPD shooting, gun's location raises questions Chief Roach can't answer," 7 Aug. 2019 And searches through every single room and asks every single person for identification. Sanna Wani, Time, "I Was in Kashmir When India Seized Control. This Is What I Saw," 7 Aug. 2019 The government said the change was the result of the identification process. Amy Guthrie, Fortune, "El Paso Shooting Is ‘Act of Terrorism’ Against Mexicans, Mexico Says," 5 Aug. 2019 The government said the change was the result of the identification process. Amy Guthrie, chicagotribune.com, "Mexico’s president hopes U.S. will change gun laws after 7 of its citizens killed in El Paso," 5 Aug. 2019 Her remains have been turned over to the county coroner for identification and cause of death. George Tanner, The Denver Post, "Missing woman’s body recovered at Jackson Lake State Park," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of identification

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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