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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: identificare, from Latin idem; IDENTITY

identify

verb
     
i‧den‧ti‧fy W1 past tense and past participle identified, present participle identifying, third person singular identifies [transitive]
1 to recognize and correctly name someone or something:
He was too far away to be able to identify faces.
The police took fingerprints and identified the body.
identify somebody/something as somebody/something
Eye witnesses identified the gunman as an army sergeant.
The aircraft were identified as American.
2 to recognize something or discover exactly what it is, what its nature or origin is etc:
Scientists have identified the gene that causes abnormal growth.
They identified a number of problem areas.
3 if a particular thing identifies someone or something, it makes them easy to recognize
identify somebody as somebody
His accent identified him as a Frenchman.

identify with

phrasal verb
1

identify with somebody/something

to feel sympathy with someone or be able to share their feelings:
Humans can easily identify with the emotional expressions of chimpanzees.
He identified with our distress.
2

identify somebody with something

to think that someone is very closely related to or involved with something such as a political group:
She has always been identified with the radical left.
3

identify something with somebody/something

to think that something is the same as, or closely related to, something else:
the attempt to identify crime with poverty and social problems

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