- 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 identifiable
He frets about how identifiable he is in the grainy footage.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
But unlike any other director, he was an identifiable public figure, as recognizable as any president or movie star.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
These are palpable, identifiable matters that are ingrained into the very fabric of The Babadook.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
Those who are identifiable are given priority burials, only because there are survivors who demand it.Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 7, 2014
The only identifiable artifact is a perfectly circular slab of concrete.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
And thus comes a long array of signs which are not identifiable always.The Tapestry Book
Helen Churchill Candee
It is only in sense-knowledge that the stimulus and what is known are, with qualifications, identifiable.The Analysis of Mind
Mrs. Doherty's were identifiable by the high-heeled print of one shoe, and the stocking print of the other foot.The Trial of Callista Blake
Recognition indicates only that an object has sufficiently impressed a mind to keep it known and identifiable.Criminal Psychology
Records have been maintained on the number of identifiable humpbacks seen in these waters including Glacier Bay.Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska
United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission
- 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 identifiable
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.