identify

[[t]aɪde̱ntɪfaɪ[/t]]
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identifies, identifying, identified
1) VERB If you can identify someone or something, you are able to recognize them or distinguish them from others.

[V n] There are a number of distinguishing characteristics by which you can identify a Hollywood epic...

[V n] I tried to identify her perfume...

[V n] A uniformed chauffeur identified me among the crowd.

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2) VERB If you identify someone or something, you name them or say who or what they are.

[V n] Police have already identified around 10 murder suspects...

[V n as n/-ing] The reporters identified one of the six Americans as an Army Specialist...

[V n as n/-ing] They identified six plants as having potential for development into pharmaceutical drugs.

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3) VERB If you identify something, you discover or notice its existence.

[V n] Scientists claim to have identified chemicals produced by certain plants which have powerful cancer-combating properties...

[V n] Having identified the problem, the question arises of how to overcome it.

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4) VERB If a particular thing identifies someone or something, it makes them easy to recognize, by making them different in some way.

[V n] She wore a little nurse's hat on her head to identify her...

[V n as -ing/n] His boots and purple beret identify him as commanding the Scottish Paratroops.

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5) VERB If you identify with someone or something, you feel that you understand them or their feelings and ideas.

[V with n] She would only play a role if she could identify with the character...

[V with n] I could speak their language and identify with their problems because I had been there myself.

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6) VERB If you identify one person or thing with another, you think that they are closely associated or involved in some way.

[V n with n] Moore really hates to play the sweet, passive women that audiences have identified her with...

[V pron-refl with n] The mood in Japan is changing, and candidates want to identify themselves with reform.

Syn:
associate, equate

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • identify — UK US /aɪˈdentɪfaɪ/ verb [T] ► to find and be able to describe someone or something: identify what/which/who »To create an effective advertising campaign you must first identify who your target market is. »A good business recovery service should… …   Financial and business terms

  • Identify — I*den ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Identified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Identifying}.] [Cf. F. identifier. See {Identity}, and { fy}.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • identify — [ī den′tə fī΄] vt. identified, identifying [LL identificare: see IDENTITY & FY] 1. to make identical; consider or treat as the same [to identify one s interests with another s] 2. to recognize as being or show to be the very person or thing known …   English World dictionary

  • identify — ► VERB (identifies, identified) 1) establish the identity of. 2) recognize or select by analysis. 3) (identify with) regard oneself as sharing the same characteristics or thinking as (someone else). 4) (identify with) associate (someone or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Identify — I*den ti*fy, v. i. 1. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc. [Obs. or R.] 2. To coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.; to associate oneself in name, goals, or feelings; usually used with with; as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • identify — (v.) 1640s, regard as the same, from Fr. identifier, from identité (see IDENTITY (Cf. identity)). Sense of recognize first recorded 1769. Meaning make one (with), associate (oneself) is from 1780. Sense of serve as means of identification is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • identify — [v] recognize; label analyze, button down*, card, catalog, classify, describe, determinate, determine, diagnose, diagnosticate, distinguish, establish, find, make out, name, peg*, pick out, pinpoint, place, put one’s finger on*, select, separate …   New thesaurus

  • identify — verb ADVERB ▪ accurately, correctly, rightly ▪ The new test will enable us to identify more accurately patients who are most at risk. ▪ Did you identify all the pictures correctly? ▪ falsely …   Collocations dictionary

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