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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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  • 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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