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The part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest: the conflict between the drives of the id and the demands of the cultural superego Compare with ego and superego.
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  • 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.

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[mass noun]
Identification; identity: they weren’t carrying any ID [as modifier]: an ID card

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

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1 informal Establish the identity of: the Finnish authorities were able to ID him
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  • We need to do everything we can to ID the source without giving him away.
  • Paramedics tried to cover him up so onlookers including a TV camera crew couldn't ID him, the Web site claimed.
  • He was beaten pretty badly and with the salt water ... well it took the dental records to be able to ID him.
1.1Ask (someone) to show proof of their age or identity: I got ID’d at the bar
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  • I got ID'd four times going to get coffee yesterday, today they wouldn't even let me walk onto 51st today.
  • I came back right around 10:00, and at that point, they had two cops in the side stairwell ID'ing everybody coming back in.
  • Wetherspoons once randomly came and ID'd me as I was sat in their beer garden.


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Idaho (in official postal use).

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