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Meaning of identify by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French identifier, from Medieval Latin identicus + Latin faciō .


    • IPA: /aɪˈdɛn.tɪ.faɪ/, SAMPA: /aI"dEn.tI.fai/


    identify ( third-person singular simple present identifies present participle identifying, simple past and past participle identified )

    1. ( transitive ) To establish the identity of someone or something.
    2. ( transitive ) ( biology ) To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
    3. ( transitive ) To equate two or more things .
    4. ( reflexive ) To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.
    5. ( intransitive ) To associate oneself with some group.
    6. ( 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.
    7. ( transitive ) ( topology ) To map a number of points to one .


    External links

    • identify in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • identify in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • identify at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of identify by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. consider to be equal or the same

    2. He identified his brother as one of the fugitives
    3. recognize as being

    4. She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster
    5. identify as in botany or biology, for example

    6. consider ( oneself ) as similar to somebody else

    7. He identified with the refugees
    8. conceive of as united or associated

    9. Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus
    10. give the name or identifying characteristics of

    11. The almanac identifies the auspicious months

    Definition of identify by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Identify v. t. [imp. & p. p. Identified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Identifying] [Cf. F. identifier. See Identity, and -fy.]
      1. 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.

      Every precaution is taken to identify the interests of the people and of the rulers. D. Ramsay.

      Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people. Burke.

      2. To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, “to identify stolen property”.

    2. Identify v. i.
      1. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc. [Obs. or R.]

      2. To coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.; to associate oneself in name, goals, or feelings; usually used with with; as, “he identified with the grief she felt at her father's death”.

      An enlightened self-interest, which, when well understood, they tell us will identify with an interest more enlarged and public. Burke.