identify

identify
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W1 [aıˈdentıfaı] v past tense and past participle identified present participle identifying third person singular identifies [T]
[Date: 1600-1700; : Late Latin; Origin: identificare, from Latin idem; IDENTITY]
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 sb/sth as sb/sth
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 sb as sb
His accent identified him as a Frenchman.
identify with phr v
1.) identify with sb/sth
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 and despair.
2.) identify sb with sth
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 sth with sb/sth
to think that something is the same as, or closely related to, something else
the attempt to identify crime with poverty and social problems

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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