- to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing; verify the identity of: to identify handwriting; to identify the bearer of a check.
- to serve as a means of identification for: His gruff voice quickly identified him.
- to make, represent to be, or regard or treat as the same or identical: They identified Jones with the progress of the company.
- to associate in name, feeling, interest, action, etc. (usually followed by with): He preferred not to identify himself with that group.
- Biology. to determine to what group (a given specimen) belongs.
- Psychology. to associate (one or oneself) with another person or a group of persons by identification.
- to associate oneself in feeling, interest, action, etc., with a specified group or belief system (usually followed by as or with): He identifies as bisexual. She identifies with feminism. My family identifies Hispanic.
- to experience psychological identification: The audience identified with the play's characters.
Origin of identify
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Examples from the Web for identifier
In fact, table manners are all the more potent an identifier for being completely arbitrary.Mark Pagel in ‘Wired for Culture’ Makes a Strong Case for Cultural Determinism
March 4, 2012
This night, as you must have heard, I received strict orders to act as identifier of your son's head.Romances of Old Japan
Yei Theodora Ozaki
The label now bears in handwriting the name of P. amplus pergracilis and is followed by Benson's initials as the identifier.
In this process, the human being became a working being, and work an identifier of the species.
This attitude is irrelevant in a context in which best is an identifier of wares, not of dynamic knowledge.
My sarcastic friends are very explicit about this hat serving as my identifier.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- a person or thing that establishes the identity of someone or something
- to prove or recognize as being a certain person or thing; determine the identity of
- to consider as the same or equivalent
- (also intr often foll by with) to consider (oneself) as similar to another
- to determine the taxonomic classification of (a plant or animal)
- (intr usually foll by with) psychol to engage in identification
Word Origin and History for identifier
"thing that identifies," 1870, agent noun from identify.
1640s, "regard as the same," from French identifier, from identité (see identity). Sense of "recognize" first recorded 1769. Meaning "make one (with), associate (oneself)" is from 1780. Sense of "serve as means of identification" is attested by 1886. Related: Identified; identifying.