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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Her cream sweater and furry scarf remain unidentified. Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez Completed a $200K Outfit With $60 Sunglasses," 25 Mar. 2019 Several responders in a boat assisted in rescuing the man just after 7 p.m. The man, who was unidentified but described as being approximately 30 years old, was uninjured and did not require a trip to the hospital, Subervi said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Man rescued after being stranded in Salt River," 9 July 2018 The fifth suspect, a young woman in a red dress, was unidentified. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Three arrested in California after Lauderhill killing," 6 July 2018 According to the police, the woman, who was unidentified, was arrested on a felony kidnapping warrant and was being held on $1 million bail. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Video Shows at Least 5 Cops Aiming Guns at Black Woman With Her Hands Up; LAPD Says She Is a Kidnapping Suspect," 3 July 2018 The fact that the bodies were unidentified indicated that the people inside the caskets had been killed by Franco’s troops. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Six of the attacks have been linked by DNA to a single assailant who remains unidentified. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, ""John Doe" DNA-based indictment in hotel rapist case a first for D.C.," 19 June 2018 The child, who remains unidentified, was treated with antibiotics in the hospital and is now recovering at home in a stable condition. Billy Perrigo, Time, "A Boy Contracted the First Case of Bubonic Plague Idaho Has Seen in 26 Years," 14 June 2018 Now, police are looking for the suspect, who remains unidentified. Fleming Smith, ajc, "Police looking for man who offered 9-year-old girl candy to get into his truck," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of unidentified

1861, in the meaning defined above

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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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