[ ahy-den-tuh-fi-key-shuhn, ih-den- ]
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  1. an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.

  2. something that identifies a person, animal, or thing: He carries identification with him at all times.

  1. Sociology. acceptance as one's own of the values and interests of a social group.

  2. Psychology.

    • 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.

Origin of identification

First recorded in 1635–45; identi(fy) + -fication

Other words for identification

Other words from identification

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use identification in a sentence

  • One cognomen had been given him because he was so bow-legged; the other he had no doubt taken for purposes of non-identification.

    The Fighting Edge | William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for identification


/ (aɪˌdɛntɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of identifying or the state of being identified

    • something that identifies a person or thing

    • (as modifier): an identification card

  1. psychol

    • the process of recognizing specific objects as the result of remembering

    • the process by which one incorporates aspects of another person's personality: See also empathy

    • the transferring of a response from one situation to another because the two bear similar features: See also generalization (def. 3)

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