re·​iden·​ti·​fy | \ (ˌ)rē-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce reidentify (audio) , -ə- \
reidentified; reidentifying

Definition of reidentify

transitive verb

: to identify (someone or something) again Cookies were first cooked up as a convenient way to make return visits to Web sites without having to reidentify yourself or your preferences.Kiplinger's Personal Finance also : to give a new or different identity to Reidentified by false names, they can never contact anyone who knew them before…Jet often + as … when the work reemerged in 1967 it was sold at Sotheby's as Fuseli's portrait of Cartwright, but it was immediately reidentified as a self-portrait. — William L. Pressly

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reidentification \ (ˌ)rē-​ī-​ˌden-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce reidentification (audio) , -​ə-​ \ noun
… the case hinged on the risk of "reidentification," or identifying individuals from apparently anonymized information. — Patrick Cain

First Known Use of reidentify

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Reidentify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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