identify

Definitions

  • Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking property boundaries
    Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking property boundaries
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v identify consider to be equal or the same "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
    • v identify recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
    • v identify identify as in botany or biology, for example
    • v identify consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else "He identified with the refugees"
    • v identify conceive of as united or associated "Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"
    • v identify 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prosopagnosia refers to the inability to identify people by their faces. In severe cased prosopagnosia a person may not be able to identify themselves in a mirror
    • Identify To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, to identify stolen property.
    • Identify To make to be the same; to unite or combine in such a manner as to make one; to treat as being one or having the same purpose or effect; to consider as the same in any relation. "Every precaution is taken to identify the interests of the people and of the rulers.""Let us identify , let us incorporate ourselves with the people."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nose prints are used to identify dogs, much like humans use fingerprints
    • identify To make to be the same; unite or combine in such a manner as to make one; treat as having the same use; consider as the same in effect; represent as the same.
    • identify To determine or establish the identity of; ascertain that something met with is identical with something otherwise known; ascertain what a given thing or who a given person is; specifically, in natural history, to determine to what species a given specimen belongs: as, the child was identified by its clothing; the owner identified his goods.
    • identify To mark or characterize in such a way as to show what the thing marked is; serve as a means of identification for.
    • identify To make one's self a part of (an organization, movement, cause, etc.); be conspicuously active in the promotion of: as, he early identified himself with the abolition movement.
    • identify To become the same; coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
    • v.t Identify ī-den′ti-fī to make to be the same: to ascertain or prove to be the same
    • pa.p Identify iden′tified
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Quotations

  • Charles J. Givens
    Charles J. Givens
    “Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits.”
  • Jean Cocteau
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    “The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.”
  • Judy Moreo
    Judy Moreo
    “Ask a heckler to identify himself and his company. They usually prefer to be anonymous.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “The people that I care about are the people out there on the street. I can identify with them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. identifier,. See Identity, and -fy

Usage

In literature:

Nobody could get into the Shed without being identified past question.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
She was soon identified as the heroine of the Cartel opening.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
He identified the murdered man as his son.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Identify yourself and give us a reason not to blast you out of existence.
"Zeta Exchange" by Ann Wilson
The submarine was positively identified as the 'U-13.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
None of them would identify it.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
He, for his part, refused to be given up to Rose or in any way identified with her.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It was a shame not to identify him at first sight.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
They open the buds and try to identify the contents.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
In 1528 they were banded together by organisation, and from that time on their work is easily followed and identified.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
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In poetry:

Our Clay; the patriot, statesman, sage,
The Nation's pride,
With giant minds of every age
Identified!
"Henry Clay" by Effie Afton
With air, and sea, and sky,
And penetrative music on the beach,
All that is high,
And far, and holy, and beyond our reach,
I you identify.
"Madonna" by Alfred Austin
It is not to diffuse you that you were born of your mother and
father—it is to identify you;
It is not that you should be undecided, but that you should be
decided;
"To Think Of Time" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The FBI and US Attorney's office have released the names of those involved, and if you track the alleged bombers' online footprints, you see these guys self-identify with the Occupy Movement.
The current status of breast-cancer research is less gloomy than depicted in Susan Ferraro's article "The Anguished Politics of Breast Cancer" (Aug 15), even though we have not yet identified all the risk factors.
Ag food industries spend big against ballot measure that would identify genetically modified products.
Police need help identifying child annoyance suspect.
Police need help identifying a man they say has been hanging around the restroom at George Washington Elementary School.
Police said the person shot during the attempted armored car holdup Wednesday was one of the would-be robbers, identified as Kirk A Dean, 27, of Northwest Washington.
Police arrested the man, identified as Craig Blickman of Evesham, on Wednesday.
A failed lightning arrestor was identified as the culprit of Tuesday morning power outage in portions of Seminole, including the town's downtown/business district.
Our people are trained to identify themselves as volunteers with the Moore County NAACP, and we wear badges or shirts with NAACP clearly visible.
Fort Myers police are working to identify a man whose body was found lying on the Tarpon Street - 3:45 pm.
SMART goals identify key performance indicators that are used to gauge progress.
After being stumped in the first few minutes, we quickly scouted the area and identified the nearest rest rooms and concession stands.
The Hawaii Star-Advertiser is reporting that the Western Athletic conference could look to Texas as it seeks to replenish its ranks, identifying Lamar as a potential candidate.
Driver in Cicero crash identified.
That's why State Troopers need the public's help in identifying and reporting suspected drug labs.
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In science:

Then, since K/H is cyclic, identifying K to its canonical image in K ∗ = Qi∈I Ki , it follows again from Lemma 4.10 that we can identify ˆK with the converse image of K in ˆK ∗ . 4.12.
On the reduction of Alperin's Conjecture to the quasi-simple groups
Fold Xe and Xf together along a and b, identify ι(a) and ι(b) in Xι(e) and Xι(f ) , and identify a and b in Xe and Xf .
Nielsen equivalence of generating sets for closed surface groups
By identifying w eak points of conventional approaches in economics, we identify the scienti fic problems which need to be addresse d.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
This embedding is unique modulo sending 2πi to either τ or −τ , so we will identify the image of the embedding with SK itself (thus identifying τ with 2πi).
The algebraic numbers definable in various exponential fields
Since G is semisimple and simply connected, we may identify the Picard group Pic(G/B ) with the weight lattice Λ: we identify a weight λ ∈ Λ with the line bundle on G/B whose T weight in the B -fixed point is −λ.
Simple linear compactifications of odd orthogonal groups
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