What does identity mean?

Definitions for identity
aɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-iden·ti·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. identity, personal identity, individualitynoun

    the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity

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

  2. identitynoun

    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 operatornoun

    an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates

    "the identity under numerical multiplication is 1"

  4. identity, identicalness, indistinguishabilitynoun

    exact sameness

    "they shared an identity of interests"

Wiktionary

  1. identitynoun

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

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

  2. identitynoun

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

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

  3. identitynoun

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

    This criminal has taken on several identities

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

  4. identitynoun

    Knowledge of who one is.

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

  5. identitynoun

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

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

  6. identitynoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Identitynoun

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

    Etymology: [F. identit, LL. identitas, fr. L. idem the same, from the root of is he, that; cf. Skr. idam this. Cf. Item.]

  2. Identitynoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. identit, LL. identitas, fr. L. idem the same, from the root of is he, that; cf. Skr. idam this. Cf. Item.]

  3. Identitynoun

    an identical equation

    Etymology: [F. identit, LL. identitas, fr. L. idem the same, from the root of is he, that; cf. Skr. idam this. Cf. Item.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Identity

    ī-den′ti-ti, n. state of being the same: sameness.—adj. Iden′tical, the very same: not different.—adv. Iden′tically.—n. Iden′ticalness, identity. [Fr.,—Low L. identitat-em—L. idem, the same.]

Editors Contribution

  1. identity

    Name, location of birth and date of birth of a person.

    Your name or date of birth forms part of your identity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  
  2. identity

    The features and form that a person has.

    My identity is different that of my twin as we both have different facial features and height.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of identity in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of identity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of identity in a Sentence

  1. Paul Kabai:

    Becoming climate refugees means losing everything : our homes, our culture, our stories and our identity.

  2. Mike Riera:

    On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Brentwood School that Upper School teacher, Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, had been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate relations with a student and is expected to face charges, the LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student.

  3. Malik Yusef:

    This Pope, especially over any other pope, really talks about human-based issues outside of religion, so you don't have to actually be a Catholic or a Christian to identity with Pope Francis.

  4. John Bursch:

    Neither government agencies nor the courts have authority to rewrite federal law by replacing 'sex' with 'gender identity' - a change with widespread consequences for everyone.

  5. Andrew McCabe:

    Andrew McCabe's clearly targeting the person who's filed this complaint that affects Andrew McCabe seriously and is kind of laying the marker down that Andrew McCabe wants this person's identity and Andrew McCabe wants to be able to follow-up on this. So absolutely a total contravention of all the protections for whistleblowers, so you have to ask, was this some sort of a message to all of those folks and indeed a message to all people serving in the government that if they step forward with complaints, they can expect the President to come after them ?

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