What does identify mean?

Definitions for identify
aɪˈdɛn təˌfaɪ, ɪˈdɛn-iden·ti·fy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word identify.

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"

GCIDE

  1. Identify(v. i.)

    To coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.; to associate oneself in name, goals, or feelings; usually used with with; as, he identified with the grief she felt at her father's death.

Wiktionary

  1. identify(Verb)

    To establish the identity of someone or something.

    Etymology: From identifier, from + facio.

  2. identify(Verb)

    To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.

    Etymology: From identifier, from + facio.

  3. identify(Verb)

    To equate two or more things.

    Etymology: From identifier, from + facio.

  4. identify(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From identifier, from + facio.

  5. identify(Verb)

    To associate oneself with some group.

    Etymology: From identifier, from + facio.

  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.

    Etymology: From identifier, from + facio.

  7. identify(Verb)

    To map a number of points to one.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. identifier. See Identity, and -fy.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. identifier. See Identity, and -fy.]

  3. Identify(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. identifier. See Identity, and -fy.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Identify

    ī-den′ti-fī, v.t. to make to be the same: to ascertain or prove to be the same:—pa.p. iden′tified.adj. Iden′tifiable.—n. Identificā′tion.—Identify one's self with, to take an active part in the promotion of. [Fr. identifier—L., as if identicusidem, the same, facĕre, to make.]

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

How to pronounce identify?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say identify in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of identify in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of identify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of identify in a Sentence

  1. Nicholas Mercurio:

    No one would benefit from a war which extends to the space domain, with that in mind, the space situational awareness capacity of the [Joint Space Operations Center] has a deterrent aspect to it, because we are able to identify, characterize, [and] attribute actions in space.

  2. Joseph Dunford:

    This will be scaleable, right? So with a small number of contributors, we can have a small mission. And we'll expand that as the number of nations that are willing to participate identify themselves.

  3. Yasmin Balai:

    Emotionally, it can be very exhausting to work in such an environment, you naturally start to care for people and to worry about their health and emotional well-being. It is of course hard to see them taking harmful drugs, to see them getting worse, to visit them in the hospital and eventually to go to identify them and stand beside their graves.

  4. Jeff Miller:

    Blood tests on the sideline, better imaging to identify a concussion -- that's the sort of transcendant science we were hoping to capture and encourage by running this challenge.

  5. Eric Toner:

    We don’t have the ability to produce vaccines to a novel pathogen within months rather than decades and we don’t have the global public health capabilities that would allow us to rapidly identify and control an outbreak before it becomes a pandemic.

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