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self-identify

[ self-ahy-den-ti-fahy, ‐i-den-ti-fahy ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to self-identify as gay; to self-identify with others in the same situation.



verb (used with object)

  1. I've never self-identified myself with that radical mentality. She sometimes self-identifies herself with her patients.

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Other Words From

  • self-i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of self-identify1

First recorded in 1960–65; self ( def ) + identify ( def )

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Example Sentences

It is literally illegal to be gay, and so to self-identify is to risk imprisonment.

McCarthy, who used to self-identify as a Democrat, now calls herself an Independent.

More than 50 percent of millennials self-identify as independents.

In January, Gallup found a historically high number of Americans – 42 percent – self-identify as politically independent.

Upon the adoption of the new system, all soldiers would be required to self-identify tattoos to their unit leaders.

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