How to use
past tense and past participle
, present participle
, third person singular
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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