identify

[ahy-den-tuh-fahy, ih-den-]

verb (used with object), i·den·ti·fied, i·den·ti·fy·ing.

verb (used without object), i·den·ti·fied, i·den·ti·fy·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. identification bracelet,
  2. identification card,
  3. identification parade,
  4. identification tag,
  5. identifier,
  6. identikit,
  7. identity,
  8. identity card,
  9. identity crisis,
  10. identity disorder

Origin of identify

1635–45; < Medieval Latin identificāre, equivalent to identi(tās) identity + -ficāre -fy

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British Dictionary definitions for identifies

identify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)

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
Derived Formsidentifiable, adjectiveidentifiably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for identifies

identify

v.

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.

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