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verb iden·ti·fy \ ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī , ə- \
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Definition of identify

identified; identifying
1 a : to establish the identity of
b : to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)
White La La Zoire Zoire Dress Georgette 2 a : to conceive as united (as in spirit, outlook, or principle)
  • groups that are identified with conservation
b : to cause to be or become identical
1 : to practice psychological identification
  • identify with the hero of a novel
2 : to be or become the same

identifiable

play \ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl, ə-\ adjective

identifiably

play \ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-blē, ə-\ adverb

Examples of identify in a Sentence

  1. She identified the dog as her lost pet.

  2. He was able to correctly identify the mushroom.

  3. The witness positively identified the suspect in the crime.

  4. The corpse was identified on the basis of dental records.

  5. They could not identify the source of the quotation.

  6. They had no difficulty in identifying the problem.

  7. We began by identifying what we needed for the job.

  8. We need to identify the causes of unemployment.

Recent Examples of identify from the Web

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First Known Use of identify

1626

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2b

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IDENTIFY Defined for English Language Learners

Definition of identify for English Language Learners

  • : to know and say who someone is or what something is

  • : to find out who someone is or what something is

  • : to show who someone is or what something is


IDENTIFY Defined for Kids

identify

verb iden·ti·fy \ ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī \

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identified; identifying
1 : to find out or show the identity of
  • … they ate … a mystery casserole that I could not identify.
  • —Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
2 : to feel empathy for
  • I identified with her problem.
3 : to think of as joined or associated with
  • These groups are identified with conservation.

Medical Dictionary

identify

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medical Definition of identify

identified; identifying
: to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)
: to undergo or experience psychological identification
  • identify with the hero of a novel

Law Dictionary

identify

transitive verb iden·ti·fy

legal Definition of Dress Zoire Zoire White Georgette La La identify

identified; identifying
1 : to consider as united or associated (as in interests or principles)
  • can ask leading questions of a witness who is identified with an adverse party
2 : to establish the identity of
  • identifying the suspect
3PCs Crepe and Fit Dress 2 Printed Flare Navy Cattleya Women's 8vq67 : to specify or designate (goods) as the object of a contract used in the phrase identify to the contract
  • the disputed beans were goods identified to the contract
Note: Under the Uniform Commercial Code, once goods are identified to a contract, the buyer has a special property interest and an insurable interest in the goods. This gives the buyer the right to seek damages and other relief. This identification can be done at any time and in any manner agreed to by the parties or as otherwise specified in the U.C.C.

identifiable

adjective

identification

noun


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Description

Sleeveless Floral Print Scoop Neck DressWith Gathers At Front And BackZipper At Side For ClosureComes With An Additional Belt
Brand
La Zoire
Product Code
APPLA-ZOIRE-WHILA-Z21841D298DBDC
Wash Care
Handwash with like colorsDry in shadeDo not wringIron low heat
Set Contents
Dress with Belt
Style
LZA473-389-WH
Pockets
No
Style Code
LZA473-389-WH
Color
White
Size
M
Material
Georgette
Occasion
Casual
Length
Mini
Pattern
Printed
Sleeve
Sleeveless
Neck Type
Round
Fit
Skater
Gender
Women
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