- 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 unidentified
Yet, just as with the previously unidentified Mona Lisa, Gherardini remained a mystery.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'
August 9, 2014
Worse, many are yet unidentified, meaning their loved ones likely think they made it to safety.Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 7, 2014
Police sources confirm that the Millers conspired to infiltrate an unidentified court building and execute public officials.Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers
June 10, 2014
Each bore a flag covered military transfer case, together transporting 7,390 unidentified or unclaimed human remains.A Final Burial at Ground Zero
May 10, 2014
The unidentified substance was swiftly covered by a sneaker-clad shoe.Cara Delevingne: "Paparazzi Act Like Assassins"
April 2, 2014
Only, they had had the forethought to photograph the unidentified.The Flood
Dead bodies were common in those hills, and often were unidentified.The Story of the Outlaw
It is possible that some of his labours in this direction p. 48remain unidentified.A Life of William Shakespeare
Unidentified cockroaches are indicated by the word "Cockroaches."
Edmunds fed adults on unidentified flowers in the laboratory.
- not identified or recognizedan unidentified man
- 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 unidentified
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.