Sometimes people identify success with money, but for me it's giving of yourself.—Lorna E. Barnes
In some strange way the boat became identified with himself, and just as it would have been useless for him to get up and steer the boat, so was it useless for him to struggle any longer with the irresistible force of his own feelings.—Virginia Woolf
: to feel a sense of unity (as of interests, purpose, or effect) and close emotional association : to engage in psychological identification
Many readers identify with the hero of a novel.
I could identify with the anxiety she was experiencing.
: to have or assert an identity of a specified kind
Of the high school students who participated, 77% identified as female, 20% identified as male, 2% identified as nonbinary …—Elizabeth Beyer
archaic: to be or become the same
… new channels of communication will be opened between the States, the lines of separation will disappear, their interests will be identified, and their union cemented by new and indissoluble bonds.—Thomas Jefferson
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. See More
Recent Examples on the WebResponding to a question from Councilwoman Melody Joy Hart, Seren said the Cleveland Heights city logo will be put on all of the new cars, so that residents and property owners can identify them.—Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2023 The first step to resolving the grief created by an ambiguous loss is to learn how to identify it.—Mark Travers, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 People like to identify themselves with generations, and others with generations, too.—Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 24 Jan. 2023 The Supreme Court announced that an internal investigation had failed to identify who leaked a draft of the opinion that overturned Roe.—Ava Sasani, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2023 Asked about the donors at an unrelated news conference last week, Shapiro, a Democrat, made no commitment to identify them.—Marc Levy, ajc, 23 Jan. 2023 Micah Coomer, Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen were arrested this week on misdemeanor charges after their fellow Marines helped investigators identify them in footage among the pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2021, according to court papers.—Alanna Durkin Richer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Jan. 2023 The Supreme Court said an investigation has so far failed to identify who leaked the draft of the opinion overruling Roe v. Wade, the first public statement since Roberts announced the probe.—WSJ, 20 Jan. 2023 Micah Coomer, Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen were arrested this week on misdemeanor charges after their fellow Marines helped investigators identify them in footage among the pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2021, according to court papers.—CBS News, 20 Jan. 2023 See More
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: 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
: to establish the identity of
identifying the suspect
: 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
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.