Definitions for: Identify


[v] consider to be equal or the same; "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
[v] recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something; "She identified the man on the"wanted" poster"
[v] identify as in botany or biology, for example
[v] consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else; "He identified with the refugees"
[v] conceive of as united or associated; "Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: I*den"ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Identified; p. pr.
& vb. n. Identifying.] [Cf. F. identifier. See Identity,
and -fy.]
1. 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.

Every precaution is taken to identify the interests
of the people and of the rulers. --D. Ramsay.

Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with
the people. --Burke.

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


I*den"ti*fy, v. i.
To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use,
effect, etc. [Obs. or R.]

An enlightened self-interest, which, when well
understood, they tell us will identify with an interest
more enlarged and public. --Burke.

Synonyms: describe, discover, key, key out, name, name, place

See Also: announce, associate, assort, class, classify, colligate, connect, consider, denote, determine, differentiate, distinguish, enumerate, itemise, itemize, link, link up, list, misidentify, mistake, number, recite, reckon, recognise, recognize, refer, regard, relate, secern, secernate, see, separate, set, severalise, severalize, sort, sort out, taste, tell, tell apart, tie in, type, typecast, view

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