verb (identifies, identifying, identified)[with object]
- 1Establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is: the judge ordered that the girl not be identified the contact would identify himself simply as CobraMore example sentences
- Social workers used these indicators to identify a local family as satanic abusers.
- Pupils will learn how to identify plants and explore the ways that seeds can be dispersed.
- It also helped in identifying them; learning how they behaved, what they ate and so on.
- 1.1Recognize or distinguish (especially something considered worthy of attention): a system that ensures that the student’s real needs are identifiedMore example sentences
- By watching the workings of our own mind we can learn how to identify these delusions.
- Before we can identify any turning points, it is necessary to establish a starting point.
- The International Labour Organisation identifies the following factors that indicate forced labour.
- 2 (identify someone/something with) Associate (someone) closely with; regard (someone) as having strong links with: he was equivocal about being identified too closely with the peace movementMore example sentences
- There is also a strong tendency to identify the court with absolute rule.
- People closely identified the war with western corporate greed.
- When physicists write or say ‘as Newton/Einstein/Bohr/Feynman once said…’, it immediately gives them authority by closely identifying them with one of the giants of physics - or so they think.
- 2.1Equate (someone or something) with: because of my upstate accent, people identified me with a homely farmer’s wifeMore example sentences
- The Romans identified her with Minerva, a goddess of the household and of craftsmen.
- Baudelaire identified the modern with the Now and, if not quite co-extensively then relatedly, with the New.
- 2.2 [no object] (identify with) Regard oneself as sharing the same characteristics or thinking as someone else: I liked Fromm and identified with himMore example sentences
- The main avenue by which Muldrow identifies with animals and their characteristics is dreaming.
- In other words, the cross is no more than Jesus identifying with our suffering, sharing in the pathos of it.
- He urges us to identify with them and share their inmost hopes and fears, their solitude.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'treat as being identical with'): from medieval Latin identificare, from late Latin identitas (see identity) + Latin -ficare (from facere 'make').