Definitions for identifyaɪˈdɛn təˌfaɪ, ɪˈdɛn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•den•ti•fyaɪˈdɛn təˌfaɪ, ɪˈdɛn-(v.)-fied, -fy•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing; verify the identity of.

  2. to serve as a means of identification for.

  3. to regard or treat as the same or identical; make identical.

  4. to associate, as in name, feeling, interest, or action:

    They identified him with the old regime.

  5. to determine to what group (a given biological specimen) belongs.

    Category: Biology

  6. to associate (one or oneself) with another person or a group by identification.

    Category: Psychology

  7. (v.i.)to experience psychological identification:

    The audience identified with the main character.

    Category: Psychology

Origin of identify:

1635–45; < ML identificāre, der. of identitās identity


Princeton's WordNet

  1. identify, place(verb)

    recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something

    "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"

  2. name, identify(verb)

    give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property

    "Many senators were named in connection with the scandal"; "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"

  3. identify(verb)

    consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else

    "He identified with the refugees"

  4. identify(verb)

    conceive of as united or associated

    "Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"

  5. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

  6. identify(verb)

    consider to be equal or the same

    "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. identify(verb)ɪˈdɛn təˌfaɪ, ɪˈdɛn-

    to recognize

    We identified three species of fungus growing in the area.; Witnesses were able to identify the gunman.

  2. identifyɪˈdɛn təˌfaɪ, ɪˈdɛn-

    to find out or name

    We identified the problem and discussed possible solutions


  1. identify(Verb)

    To establish the identity of someone or something.

  2. identify(Verb)

    To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.

  3. identify(Verb)

    To equate two or more things.

  4. identify(Verb)

    To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.

  5. identify(Verb)

    To associate oneself with some group.

  6. identify(Verb)

    To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.

  7. identify(Verb)

    To map a number of points to one.

  8. Origin: From identifier, from + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Identify(verb)

    to make to be the same; to unite or combine in such a manner as to make one; to treat as being one or having the same purpose or effect; to consider as the same in any relation

  2. Identify(verb)

    to establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, to identify stolen property

  3. Identify(verb)

    to become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc


  1. Identify

    "Identify" is a pop–ballad written by Billy Corgan and performed by Natalie Imbruglia for the soundtrack to the film Stigmata. The track was released as a single from the soundtrack on 22 March 1999. The single was only released promotionally, and was therefore ineligible to chart. The track also appears on the Taiwanese edition of Imbruglia's debut studio album Left of the Middle, and later as a bonus track on the Japanese version of her greatest hits compilation, Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'identify' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2095

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'identify' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2299

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'identify' in Verbs Frequency: #172

Translations for identify

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to recognize as being a certain person etc

Would you be able to identify the man who robbed you?; He identified the coat as his brother's.

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