- Identify means to determine who or what someone or something is.
- An example of identify is finding out what species a flower belongs to.
- An example of identify is security asking for someone's driver's license to find out if they are over 21.
- Identify is defined as to put oneself in another's place or sympathize with someone.
An example of identify is a woman watching a movie and feeling the pain felt by a woman character in the movie.
transitive verbidentified, identifying
- to make identical; consider or treat as the same: to identify one's interests with another's
- to recognize as being or show to be the very person or thing known, described, or claimed; fix the identity of: to identify a biological specimen
- to connect, associate, or involve closely: to identify a person with a school of thought
- Psychoanalysis to make an identification of (oneself) with someone else: often used absolutely
Origin of identifyLate Latin identificare: see identity and amp; -fy
verbi·den·ti·fied, i·den·ti·fy·ing, i·den·ti·fies
- a. To establish or recognize the identity of; ascertain as a certain person or thing: Can you identify what kind of plane that is? I identified the man at the next table as a famous actor.b. Biology To determine the taxonomic classification of (an organism).c. To ascertain as having a certain characteristic or feature: job candidates who are identified as overqualified; children who have been identified with hearing loss.
- To consider as identical or united; equate: The Greek god Ares is identified with the Roman god Mars.
- To associate or affiliate closely with: writers who are identified with modernism.
- To consider oneself as sharing certain characteristics or attitudes as another: She identifies strongly with her grandmother.
- To associate oneself with or admire something, such as a set of ideas: a language learner who identifies with a new culture.
- To self-identify.
Origin of identifyMedieval Latin identificāre, to make to resemble : Late Latin identitās, identity; see identity + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present identifies, present participle identifying, simple past and past participle identified)
- To establish the identity of someone or something.
- (biology) To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
- To equate two or more things.
- (reflexive) To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.
- (intransitive) To associate oneself with some group.
- (intransitive) To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.
- (topology) To map a number of points to one.
- To make to be the same; to unite or combine into one.