Definitions for identityaɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•den•ti•tyaɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the state or fact of remaining the same one, as under varying aspects or conditions.

  2. the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another:

    He doubted his own identity.

  3. condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is:

    a case of mistaken identity.

  4. the state or fact of being the same one as described.

  5. the sense of self, providing sameness and continuity in personality over time.

    Category: Psychology

  6. exact likeness in nature or qualities:

    an identity of interests.

  7. an instance or point of sameness or likeness.

  8. Logic. an assertion that two terms refer to the same thing.

    Category: Philosphy

  9. Math. an equation that is valid for all values of its variables. Also called iden′tity el`ement. an element in a set such that the element operating on any other element of the set leaves the second element unchanged.

    Category: Math

Origin of identity:

1560–70; < LL identitās= L ident(idem) repeatedly, again and again (earlier *idem et idem) +-itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. identity, personal identity, individuality(noun)

    the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity

    "you can lose your identity when you join the army"

  2. identity(noun)

    the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known

    "geneticists only recently discovered the identity of the gene that causes it"; "it was too dark to determine his identity"; "she guessed the identity of his lover"

  3. identity, identity element, identity operator(noun)

    an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates

    "the identity under numerical multiplication is 1"

  4. identity, identicalness, indistinguishability(noun)

    exact sameness

    "they shared an identity of interests"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. identity(noun)ɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-

    who sb is

    The victim's identity is still unknown.; identity theft; to show proof of identity

  2. identityɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-

    the character of sb or sth that makes it different from others

    cultural/national identity


  1. identity(Noun)

    The sameness some individuals share to make up the same kind or universal.

  2. identity(Noun)

    The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.

  3. identity(Noun)

    A name or personau2014the mask or appearance one presents to the worldu2014by which one is known.

    This criminal has taken on several identities

  4. identity(Noun)

    Knowledge of who one is.

  5. identity(Noun)

    Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.

  6. identity(Noun)

    An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element.

  7. Origin: Learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin identitas, from idem. See identical and idem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Identity(noun)

    the state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness

  2. Identity(noun)

    the condition of being the same with something described or asserted, or of possessing a character claimed; as, to establish the identity of stolen goods

  3. Identity(noun)

    an identical equation


  1. Identity

    In psychology and sociology, identity is a person's conception and expression of their individuality or group affiliations. The concept is given a great deal of attention in social psychology and is important in place identity.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'identity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2500

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'identity' in Nouns Frequency: #1042

Translations for identity

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


who or what a person is

The police are still uncertain of the murderer's identity.

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