Definition of Identify

1. Verb. Recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something. "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"

2. Verb. Give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property. "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"
Exact synonyms: Name
Generic synonyms: Denote, Refer
Specialized synonyms: Enumerate, Itemise, Itemize, Recite, List, Number, Announce
Derivative terms: Identification, Identification, Identification, Identity, Naming

3. Verb. Consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else. "He identified with the refugees"
Generic synonyms: Consider, Reckon, Regard, See, View
Derivative terms: Identification, Identity

4. Verb. Conceive of as united or associated. "Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"
Generic synonyms: Associate, Colligate, Connect, Link, Link Up, Relate, Tie In
Derivative terms: Identification

5. Verb. Identify as in botany or biology, for example.

6. Verb. Consider to be equal or the same. "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
Generic synonyms: Recognise, Recognize
Specialized synonyms: Misidentify, Mistake, Type, Typecast, Taste
Derivative terms: Identity

Definition of Identify

1. v. t. To make to be the same; to unite or combine in such a manner as to make one; to treat as being one or having the same purpose or effect; to consider as the same in any relation.

2. v. i. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.

Definition of Identify

1. Verb. (transitive) To establish the identity of someone or something. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) (biology) To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To equate two or more things. ¹

4. Verb. (reflexive) To have a strong affinity (term with); to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To associate oneself with some group. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) (topology) To map a number of points to one. ¹

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Definition of Identify

1. to establish the identity of [v -FIED, -FYING, -FIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Identify

identification division
identification friend or foe
identification number
identification space
identification spaces
identify (current term)
identity card
identity cards
identity crises

Literary usage of Identify

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Law of Surveying and Boundaries by Frank Emerson Clark (1922)
"identify monument—Ambiguous description.— Parol evidence is often admissible to identify and ascertain the locality of a monument called for by a ..."

2. Rules of Evidence as Prescribed by the Common Law: For the Trial of Actions by George William Bradner (1898)
"(a) Parol evidence is admissible to identify and apply the subject-matter of a contract,2 so as to satisfy the description contained therein, ..."

3. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"5, Jezebel, which I mus identify with Isabel, is written in Syriac Izabel ... I will only say that on philological grounds I should identify Isabella* with ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"On a trial for assault and battery, where the prosecuting witness testified that defendant asked him to see if he could identify a horse, a question asked ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"If the priority of the Apostolic Constitutions be admitted, it is not easy to identify the sources on which the compiler depended. ..."

6. American Food and Game Fishes: A Popular Account of All the Species Found in by David Starr Jordan, Barton Warren Evermann (1902)
"Most of these are fairly easy to identify. A little time devoted to an examination of the specimen in hand and a careful reading of the keys will enable one ..."

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