identify

verb
iden·​ti·​fy | \ ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce identify (audio) , ə-\
identified; identifying

Definition of identify

transitive verb

1a : to establish the identity of
b : to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)
2a : to conceive as united (as in spirit, outlook, or principle) groups that are identified with conservation
b : to cause to be or become identical

intransitive verb

1 : to practice psychological identification identify with the hero of a novel
2 : to be or become the same

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Other Words from identify

identifiable \ ī-​ˌden-​tə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce identifiable (audio) , ə-​ \ adjective
identifiably \ ī-​ˌden-​tə-​ˈfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce identifiably (audio) , ə-​ \ adverb

Examples of identify in a Sentence

She identified the dog as her lost pet. He was able to correctly identify the mushroom. The witness positively identified the suspect in the crime. The corpse was identified on the basis of dental records. They could not identify the source of the quotation. They had no difficulty in identifying the problem. We began by identifying what we needed for the job. We need to identify the causes of unemployment.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Others identify the lenders by the colours of their collectors’ shirts. The Economist, "Microfinance is driving many Sri Lankan borrowers to despair," 17 Aug. 2019 In a statement, Boston police identified the suspect as Semaj Leary. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Chelsea man arrested after foot chase in Jamaica Plain; police find loaded gun in fanny pack," 15 Aug. 2019 Investigators could identify no legitimate source of income for the money. Sarah Schweitzer, The Atlantic, "The Lunch Ladies of New Canaan," 15 Aug. 2019 The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim has Christopher Bakari Moore. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Birmingham 18-year-old killed in rollover crash on Lakeshore Parkway," 15 Aug. 2019 The Crossover identifies premier rookie-scale extension candidates before October's deadline. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Rookie-Scale Extension Watch: Will Pascal Siakam Land a Big Payday?," 15 Aug. 2019 Houston police identified a person found dead last month along the Katy Freeway as a 22-year-old transgender woman, who died from multiple puncture wounds and lacerations. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Identity released of transgender woman found dead along Katy Freeway in Houston," 15 Aug. 2019 At the news conference, Chief Burns identified the toddler and said heat was a possible factor in his death, though authorities are still awaiting the results of his autopsy. Laura Barcella, PEOPLE.com, "Kansas Boy, 2, Is Found Dead in Hot Car: ‘It's Going to Hurt for the Rest of My Life,’ Says Mom," 15 Aug. 2019 Columnists Kent Somers and Greg Moore identify three things to watch for during the Cardinals' preseason game against the Raiders. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NFL coach firing odds: Not much confidence for Kliff Kingsbury's Arizona Cardinals' tenure?," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of identify

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2b

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identify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of identify

: to know and say who someone is or what something is
: to find out who someone is or what something is
: to show who someone is or what something is

identify

verb
iden·​ti·​fy | \ ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce identify (audio) \
identified; identifying

Kids Definition of identify

1 : to find out or show the identity of … they ate … a mystery casserole that I could not identify.— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
2 : to feel empathy for I identified with her problem.
3 : to think of as joined or associated with These groups are identified with conservation.

identify

verb
iden·​ti·​fy | \ ī-ˈdent-ə-ˌfī, ə- How to pronounce identify (audio) \
identified; identifying

Medical Definition of identify

transitive verb

: to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)

intransitive verb

: to undergo or experience psychological identification identify with the hero of a novel

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identify

transitive verb
iden·​ti·​fy
identified; identifying

Legal Definition of identify

1 : to consider as united or associated (as in interests or principles) can ask leading questions of a witness who is identified with an adverse party
2 : to establish the identity of identifying the suspect
3 : to specify or designate (goods) as the object of a contract used in the phrase identify to the contract the disputed beans were goods identified to the contract

Note: Under the Uniform Commercial Code, once goods are identified to a contract, the buyer has a special property interest and an insurable interest in the goods. This gives the buyer the right to seek damages and other relief. This identification can be done at any time and in any manner agreed to by the parties or as otherwise specified in the U.C.C.

Other Words from identify

identifiable adjective
identification noun

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