Adjective "identify" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is.
  1. 'the men identified themselves as federal police'
  2. 'Social workers used these indicators to identify a local family as satanic abusers.'
  3. 'If we do decide to seek further clarification, then we will do so without identifying you in any shape or form whatsoever.'
  4. 'It also helped in identifying them; learning how they behaved, what they ate and so on.'
  5. 'Quickly identifying the venue, I politely greet the doorman, before signing in the guest book.'
  6. 'She did not know the name of the person at the bar, but could only identify the person as a male.'
  7. 'Scientists now hope research into the gene will enable them to identify people most at risk.'
  8. 'Pupils will learn how to identify plants and explore the ways that seeds can be dispersed.'
  9. 'The defendant was identified as the person who had broken the window and he was arrested.'
  10. 'The images captured could also be useful in identifying people involved in other crimes.'
  11. 'It is understood the delay lies in formally identifying the remains.'
  12. 'People who properly identify the source of my name rise tremendously in my estimation.'
  13. 'For about two years now, the paper has run a column identifying its own errors and shortcomings.'
  14. 'Now we are using the workshops to identify young people who can appear in the film.'
  15. 'Sensitivity refers to how good a test is at correctly identifying people who have the disease.'
  16. 'By identifying the faulty cameras, we lay ourselves open to the accusation of encouraging criminality.'
  17. 'The International Labour Organisation identifies the following factors that indicate forced labour.'
  18. 'Perhaps one day we will be able to identify a gene that drives people to compulsively kill.'
  19. 'Because of the problems in identifying the infection early, the disease spread.'
  20. 'Before we can identify any turning points, it is necessary to establish a starting point.'
  21. 'He is also quite correct in identifying future water problems in some areas of North America.'
  22. 'she identifies as a feminist'
Associate someone or something closely with; regard as having strong links with.
  1. 'Berlin seems to have believed in such a faculty, and identified it with empathy, but did not develop this view in his writings.'
  2. 'Demand for fundamental political reform became an established fact, and this demand was identified with support for the peace process.'
  3. 'There is also a strong tendency to identify the court with absolute rule.'
  4. 'Grog-tempered pottery associated with the burials recovered from the site identify the occupation with the Miller Three complex, A.D.600-1000.'
  5. 'The US government has identified their military power with US corporate power so closely that a major American defeat would weaken every general, senior manager and privatiser on the globe.'
  6. 'Perhaps the need was to identify trailblazers with the creatures and natives always associated with trail; westering families would enter the country already with indigenous credentials.'
  7. 'When physicists write or say ‘as Newton/Einstein/Bohr/Feynman once said…’, it immediately gives them authority by closely identifying them with one of the giants of physics - or so they think.'
  8. 'People closely identified the war with western corporate greed.'
  9. 'They are commodities that, in their mere visible presence veil the production process, and - like mood pictures - encourage their beholders to identify them with subjective fantasies and dreams.'
  10. 'Neither of those titans, however, are as indelibly linked to a single work the way Fitzgerald is identified with Gatsby; none of their works is a set text on as many high school or college courses.'
  11. 'because of my country accent, people identified me with a homely farmer's wife'
  12. 'Baudelaire identified the modern with the Now and, if not quite co-extensively then relatedly, with the New.'
  13. 'Living in a village myself I can almost identify with the characters in the Curmudgeon.'
  14. 'His whole career has been based on identifying with the marginal and empathizing with those whom polite society would scorn.'
  15. 'There's nothing in the story that a child can actually relate to and identify with.'
  16. 'The prospect of identifying with a lead or co-lead, however, seemed beyond her ability to even imagine.'
  17. 'The audience must identify with one of the characters, before becoming involved in the story.'
  18. 'Just my habit of identifying with minor characters, I think.'
  19. 'By identifying with particular groups of people, we can join those voices into one loud voice to shout one message.'
  20. 'He urges us to identify with them and share their inmost hopes and fears, their solitude.'
  21. 'Horror movies are not all about identifying with the characters though.'
  22. 'In other words, the cross is no more than Jesus identifying with our suffering, sharing in the pathos of it.'

More definitions

1. to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing; verify the identity of: to identify handwriting; to identify the bearer of a check.

2. to serve as a means of identification for: His gruff voice quickly identified him.

3. to make, represent to be, or regard or treat as the same or identical: They identified Jones with the progress of the company.

4. to associate in name, feeling, interest, action, etc. (usually fol

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be identify as people."

"scopes can be identify on continents."

"scopes can be identify as carriers."

"identities can be identify for lifetimes."

"factors can be identify in tissues."

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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘treat as being identical with’): from medieval Latin identificare, from late Latin identitas (see identity) + Latin -ficare (from facere ‘make’).