- 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.
- identical rhyme,
- identical twin,
- identical twins,
- identification bracelet,
- identification card,
- identification parade,
- identification tag,
Origin of identification
- something that identifies a person or thing
- (as modifier)an identification card
1640s, "treating of a thing as the same as another," from French identification, probably from identifier (see identify). Sense of "becoming or feeling oneself one with another" is from 1857. Sense of "determination of identity" is from 1859. Meaning "object or document which marks identity" is from 1947 (short for identification tag, card, etc.).