- 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.
Origin of identification
Synonyms for identification
- the act of identifying or the state of being identified
- 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.).
- A person's association with the qualities, characteristics, or views of another person or group.
- An unconscious process by which a person transfers the response appropriate to a particular person or group to a different person or group.