synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of identify in English

English Online Dictionary. What means identify‎? What does identify mean?

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

  • (US) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɛn.(t)ə.faɪ/, /aɪˈdɛn.(t)ɪ.faɪ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɛn.tɪ.faɪ/
  • Hyphenation: iden‧ti‧fy

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) To disclose the identity of someone.
  3. (transitive, biology) To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
  4. (transitive) To equate or make the same; to unite or combine into one.
    • 18 February, 1780, Edmund Burke, Speech on Economical Reform
      Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people.
  5. (reflexive) To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.
  6. (intransitive) To associate oneself with some group; to feel, or believe one feels, the same way.
  7. (reflexive, with as) To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.
  • ID
  • authenticate (coordinate in IP networking sense)
  • “identify”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “identify”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
  • “identify”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

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