[ ahy-den-tuh-fahy, ih-den- ]
/ aɪˈdɛn təˌfaɪ, ɪˈdɛn- /
verb (used with object), i·den·ti·fied, i·den·ti·fy·ing.
to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing; verify the identity of: to identify handwriting; to identify the bearer of a check.
to serve as a means of identification for: His gruff voice quickly identified him.
to make, represent to be, or regard or treat as the same or identical: They identified Jones with the progress of the company.
to associate in name, feeling, interest, action, etc. (usually followed by with): He preferred not to identify himself with that group.
Biology. to determine to what group (a given specimen) belongs.
Psychology. to associate (one or oneself) with another person or a group of persons by identification.
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.
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Origin of identify
OTHER WORDS FROM identify
i·den·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectivei·den·ti·fi·a·bil·i·ty, i·den·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, nouni·den·ti·fi·er, nouno·ver·i·den·ti·fy, verb, o·ver·i·den·ti·fied, o·ver·i·den·ti·fy·ing.
pre·i·den·ti·fy, verb (used with object), pre·i·den·ti·fied, pre·i·den·ti·fy·ing.re·i·den·ti·fy, verb (used with object), re·i·den·ti·fied, re·i·den·ti·fy·ing.un·i·den·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·i·den·ti·fi·a·bly, adverbun·i·den·ti·fied, adjectiveun·i·den·ti·fy·ing, adjectivewell-i·den·ti·fied, adjective
Words nearby identify
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British Dictionary definitions for reidentify
/ (aɪˈdɛntɪˌfaɪ) /
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 forms of identifyidentifiable, adjectiveidentifiably, adverb
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