Definition of identification in English:

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Pronunciation: /īˌden(t)əfəˈkāSH(ə)n/


1The action or process of identifying someone or something or the fact of being identified: each child was tagged with a number for identification it may be impossible for relatives to make positive identifications
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  • In fact no positive identification of him is ever made.
  • The first step in the risk management process is risk identification.
  • Well, the whole process of identification actually takes place a few steps before DNA testing.
recognition, singling out, pinpointing, naming;
discerning, distinguishing
informal fingering
determination, establishment, ascertainment, discovery, diagnosis, divination;
verification, confirmation
1.1A means of proving a person’s identity, especially in the form of official papers: I asked to see his identification
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  • A 72-year-old woman in Chiswick answered the door to a bogus water board official with bogus identification.
  • All collectors will carry appropriate identification and official receipts will be provided.
  • Verify that the phone number on his vehicle matches the one you dialled and that the driver has official identification.
ID, (identity/identification) papers, bona fides, documents, credentials;
ID card, identity card, pass, badge, warrant, license, permit, passport
1.2A person’s sense of identity with someone or something: children’s identification with storybook characters
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  • Possibly this would add a sense of discomfort, and possibly an identification with imprisonment.
  • From the folk culture, adolescents receive a world view and an identification with a unique cultural system.
  • Their lifelong identification with the working class was forged during these years.
empathy, rapport, relationship, fellow feeling, sympathetic cord
1.3The association or linking of one thing with another: the traditional Russian identification of democracy with anarchy
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  • The identification of order with law eliminates from public consciousness the very concept of the decentralized provision of order.
  • There is a tendency to associate case studies with qualitative research, but such an identification is not appropriate.
  • It also facilitated the identification of the church and of various church associations with the National Revolution.


Mid 17th century: originally from medieval Latin identificat- 'identified', from the verb identificare; later from identify.

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Syllabification: i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion

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