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Meaning & Definition of Identify in English

English

Identify

/aɪdɛntəfaɪ/

verb

1. Recognize as being

  • Establish the identity of someone or something
  • "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
    synonym:
  • identify
  • ,
  • place

2. Give the name or identifying characteristics of

  • Refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
  • "Many senators were named in connection with the scandal"
  • "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"
    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • identify

3. Consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else

  • "He identified with the refugees"
    synonym:
  • identify

4. Conceive of as united or associated

  • "Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"
    synonym:
  • identify

5. Identify as in botany or biology, for example

    synonym:
  • identify
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • key out
  • ,
  • distinguish
  • ,
  • describe
  • ,
  • name

6. Consider to be equal or the same

  • "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
    synonym:
  • identify

Examples of using

Can you identify the cause of the problem?
Can you identify the man using this picture?
Science is trying to identify the strange animal.