an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.
something that identifies a person, animal, or thing: He carries identification with him at all times.
Sociology. acceptance as one's own of the values and interests of a social group.
a process by which one ascribes to oneself the qualities or characteristics of another person.
(in psychoanalytic theory) the transference or reaction to one person with the feelings or responses relevant to another, as the identification of a teacher with a parent.
perception of another as an extension of oneself.
- non·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
- o·ver·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
- pre·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
- re·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
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How to use identification in a sentence
Many officers have also refused to uncover their badge numbers, deterring identification.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs? | by Alec MacGillis | September 3, 2020 | ProPublica
Oportun allows borrowers to use an individual tax identification number in lieu of a Social Security number when they apply for loans, making them easily accessible to undocumented immigrants.The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic | by Kiah Collier, Ren Larson and Perla Trevizo | August 31, 2020 | ProPublica
The notices should include a “claim identification number” and a “confirmation code,” which can be entered here.Own Apple Powerbeats 2 earphones? Here’s how to claim your share of a $9.75 million settlement | rhhackettfortune | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
The FBI and police scan these masses of photos through computer programs that digitize them for identification.
It must be made explicit that identification between devices is anonymized and securely stored in encrypted form to prevent violation of privacy.Readers ask about antibody tests, chimeras and public health and privacy | Science News Staff | July 26, 2020 | Science News
Her heartbroken and horrified brother, Sam Jones, made the identification.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start | Michael Daly | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The remains have also been sent to the chief medical examiner in Richmond for official forensic identification.On U.VA Campus, Grief Mixes With Relief After Discovery of Body | Eric Leimkuhler | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The jogger had no memory of the attack, and none of the other victims could make an identification of the Five.
At about 10 p.m., a horde of Hungarian police officers raided the bar, demanding that everybody show their identification.American Racist Richard Spencer Gets to Play the Martyr in Hungary | James Kirchick | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To gauge his level of truthfulness, I asked, “So, you wouldn't mind if I included your donor identification number in the story?”
“It is a perfect identification,” murmured Mr. Arden, with his eyes still riveted on the plaster faces.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
This will show all bacteria except the tubercle bacillus, and often no other stain is necessary for their identification.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The presence of such a diplococcus in meningeal exudates is, however, sufficient for its identification.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
identification was established by a wallet containing papers of the deceased.
The plan has also been utilized a great deal in recent years for the identification of enlisted men in the army and navy.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
British Dictionary definitions for identification
the act of identifying or the state of being identified
something that identifies a person or thing
(as modifier): an identification card
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