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identify

i·den·ti·fy

identify

 
 
pronunciation:
aI den tih faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: identified, identifies, identifying
definition 1: to determine or prove the identity of (someone or something).
She identified him as the man who had robbed the store.You'll need a passport or driver's license to identify yourself.It proved difficult to identify the source of the problem.
synonyms:
denominate, designate, name, specify
similar words:
choose, discern, discriminate, distinguish, label, mark, pick out, pinpoint, point out, recognize, select, single out
definition 2: to associate or connect (usu. fol by with).
The candidate did not want to identify himself with any radical organizations.I don't want to be identified with my brother because I cannot agree with what he is doing.
synonyms:
associate, connect, relate
similar words:
affiliate, ally, involve
definition 3: to regard as being the same; equate.
We tend to identify these concepts because the distinctions are so subtle.
synonyms:
equate
similar words:
connect, link, parallel
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to feel oneself to be in the position or situation of another.
Having recently lost her own spouse, she identified with this man in his grief.I find it hard to identify with her because she has so much and I have so little.
synonyms:
relate, sympathize
similar words:
commiserate
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derivations: identifiable (adj.), identified (adj.), identifier (n.)
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