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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Recent Examples on the Web For example, while distributions can be authorized by having the plan participant fill out a physical form and provide identification, other service providers allow participants to conduct transactions over the phone. Jody Grunden, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 When Singh was first discovered in the airport in January, he was asked by two United Airlines employees to provide identification. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Students must provide identification at the door and will receive a temperature check to enter. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Quarterman, apprehended at a bus stop nearby, was also accused of obstructing identification after providing officers with an alias, police said. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, 12 Oct. 2021 The data collector will show identification and ask property owners about the characteristics of the inside of the home and collect measurements and observations of the outside of the home. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021 Officers arrived and confronted the woman who was uncooperative and initially failed to provide valid identification. cleveland, 25 Sep. 2021 The county will also require attendees to show photo identification when providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Residents seeking to access areas where the search was ongoing would be required to show identification, authorities said. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of identification

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of identification was in 1644

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21 Nov 2021

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“Identification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identification. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for identification

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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