- 1 [mass noun] The action or process of identifying someone or something or the fact of being identified: each child was tagged with a number for identification [count noun]: it may be impossible for relatives to make positive identificationsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A means of proving a person’s identity, especially in the form of official papers: do you have any identification?More example sentences
ID, papers, identity papers, identification papers, bona fides, documents, credentials; ID card, identity card, pass, badge, warrant, licence, permit, passport, proof of identity; proof of qualifications, certificate, diploma, references, testimonial, letter of introduction, letter of recommendation
- 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.
- 2A person’s sense of identity with someone or something: children’s identification with story charactersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3The association or linking of one thing with another: the growing identification of anti-slavery with political liberalismMore example sentences
- 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.