verb (identifies, identifying, identified)[with object]
- 1Establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is: the judge ordered that the girl should not be identified the men identified themselves as federal policeMore example sentences
recognize, single out, pick out, spot, point out, pinpoint, pin down, put one's finger on, put a name to, name, place, know, know again, know by sight, discern, distinguish, discover, find, locate; remember, recall, recollect, call to mind• informal put the finger onNorth American • informal finger
- 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 pupil’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/thing with) Associate someone or something closely with; regard 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 country 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').