AskDefine | Define identify

Dictionary Definition



1 recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something; "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster" [syn: 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" [syn: name]
3 consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else; "He identified with the refugees"
4 conceive of as united or associated; "Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"
5 identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name]
6 consider to be equal or the same; "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives" [also: identified]

User Contributed Dictionary



IPA: aɪˈdɛnt.ɪ.faɪ


From identifier.


  1. to establish the identity of someone or something
  2. to establish the taxonomic classification of an organism
  3. to equate two or more things
  4. to associate oneself with some group
  5. To map a number of points to one.

Related terms


to establish the identity of someone or something
(biology) to establish the taxonomic classification of an organism
to equate two or more things
to associate oneself with some group

Extensive Definition

Identification can mean
See also:
identify in German: Bestimmung
identify in French: Identification
identify in Dutch: Identificatie
identify in Polish: Identyfikacja
identify in Russian: Идентификация

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ally, apply, appraise, argue, assess, associate, baptize, be indicative of, be significant of, be symptomatic of, bespeak, betoken, bind, bracket, call, catalog, catalogue, categorize, characterize, christen, class, classify, coalesce, combine, connect, connote, correlate, couple, define, denominate, denote, descry, designate, detect, determinate, determine, diagnose, differentiate, dig, discern, disclose, display, distinguish, draw a parallel, dub, empathize with, entail, entitle, equate, espy, establish, evaluate, express, factor, find, finger, fuse, gauge, give evidence, give token, group, have, highlight, hint, home in on, home on, identify with, indicate, interrelate, involve, join, know, know again, label, link, make one, make out, manifest, map, mark, mean, merge, nail, name, nickname, nominate, note, notice, parallel, parallelize, peg, perceive, pick out, pick up, pinpoint, place, point out, realize, recall knowledge of, receive, recognize, reidentify, relate, relate to, relativize, reveal, scan, see, select, sense, show, sift, signify, single out, sort, sort out, specify, spot, spy, stand for, style, suggest, sweep, sympathize with, symptomatize, symptomize, synthesize, tag, tell, term, testify, thrash out, tie, title, trigger, tune in, unify, unite, wed, weigh, winnow
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