un·​iden·​ti·​fied | \ ˌən-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unidentified (audio) , -ə-ˈden- \

Definition of unidentified

: not having a known or established identity : not identified unidentified flying objects an unidentified suspect

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Examples of unidentified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The grainy footage shows Abath, who was on guard during the day of March 17, opening the same side doors used by the thieves and admitting an unidentified man in a waist-length coat and an upturned collar, as the Times reported. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "What to Know About the Gardner Museum Heist," 10 Apr. 2021 An unidentified man presented Barnes with a letter addressed to a party on the East Coast. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Record hot air balloon journey started at Coronado 55 years ago," 9 Apr. 2021 The unidentified man who was injured in Lake Park was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in critical condition. Hannah Winston, USA TODAY, "Brawl outside Travis Rudolph's home preceded fatal shooting, witnesses say," 8 Apr. 2021 An unidentified man then got involved and began punching the deputy, the video showed. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida sheriff’s deputy beaten while making arrest: report," 29 Mar. 2021 The footage shows Lewis buying drugs from an unidentified man while sitting in a pickup, investigators said in the affidavit. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Man arrested in April slaying at East Side motel," 27 Mar. 2021 An unidentified man led police on a vehicle chase at about 8 p.m. March 13 on southbound 237. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Drunk man crashes Ram, runs away; man drives Audi through bus depot fence: Brook Park police blotter," 27 Mar. 2021 An unidentified man in uniform may be Henry McAuley Bankhead, the Archives says. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "When famous people donated livestock to build Alabama’s Rooster Bridge," 25 Mar. 2021 The unidentified man who got onto the plane spoke in English and was believed to be a foreigner residing in the West African nation. Ahmed Mohamed, Star Tribune, "Man arrested after boarding empty Mauritania plane on tarmac," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unidentified

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unidentified was in 1861

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12 Apr 2021

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“Unidentified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentified. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unidentified

: not known or identified


un·​iden·​ti·​fied | \ ˌən-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfīd \

Kids Definition of unidentified

: having an identity that is not known or determined an unidentified person

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