There are 2 main definitions of id in English:

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id 1

Pronunciation: /id/


The part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest. Compare with ego and superego.
Example sentences
  • People talked about psychoanalysis - ego and superego and ids and repressed early experiences.
  • It's just that some of us are better than others at letting our superegos muffle our whiny ids.
  • They've been listening to their ids for too long - their inner Sharons.


1920s: from Latin, literally 'that', translating German es. The term was first used in this sense by Freud, following use in a similar sense by his contemporary, Georg Groddeck.

Words that rhyme with id

amid, backslid, bid, did, forbid, grid, hid, kid, Kidd, lid, Madrid, mid, outbid, outdid, quid, rid, skid, slid, squid, underbid, yid
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There are 2 main definitions of id in English:

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ID 2

Pronunciation: /ˌī ˈdē/


Idaho (in official postal use).


Identification or identity: they weren’t carrying any ID [as adjective]: an ID card
identification, (identification/identity) papers, bona fides, documents, credentials

verb (ID's, ID'ing, ID'd)

[with object]
1 informal Establish the identity of: the Finnish authorities were able to ID him
More example sentences
  • Cops grilled the teen who lured Sandy to Plum Beach after they ID'd the youth through the victim's computer.
  • And they still don't know, in many cases, whether their loved one has been positively ID'd.
  • They were checking tattoo numbers and finally ID'd him and found out it was him.
1.1Ask (someone) to show proof of their age or identity: I got ID’d at the bar
More example sentences
  • I'm told she's 19 but I'm betting she gets ID'd all the time.
  • I got ID'd, passed over my license, was given raised brows by the doorman who told me I don't show my age (Yes!).
  • Since I haven't been ID'd for drinks since I was 17, I made a pretty fair assumption that I wouldn't need it.
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