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Definition of "identify" []

  • To establish the identity of. (verb-transitive)
  • To ascertain the origin, nature, or definitive characteristics of. (verb-transitive)
  • Biology To determine the taxonomic classification of (an organism). (verb-transitive)
  • To consider as identical or united; equate. (verb-transitive)
  • To associate or affiliate (oneself) closely with a person or group. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "identify" in a sentence
  • "First of all, I entirely agree with Officer and a Lady when she writes that police officers are members of society and perhaps part of the problem that I have tried to identify is that both the police and civilians can lose sight of this important feature of our policing system and the philosophy of consent which always used to underpin it."
  • "Michael's supposed assumptions do not seem to be easy to identify from the brief statements he made in his post."
  • "The sin that I need to discern, root out and identify is my own."