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  1. i·den·ti·fy
    IPA[īˈden(t)əˌfī]
  2. verb

    • 1. establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is:

      the judge ordered that the girl not be identified the contact would identify himself simply as Cobra
      Synonym : recognize, single out, pick out, spot, point out, pinpoint, pin down, put one's finger on, put a name to, name, place, know, know again, know by sight, discern, distinguish, discover, find, locate, remember, recall, recollect, call to mind, put the finger on, finger
    • 2. recognize or distinguish (especially something considered worthy of attention):

      a system that ensures that the student's real needs are identified
      Synonym : determine, establish, ascertain, find out, discover, learn, fix, settle, decide, make out, ferret out, diagnose, deduce, divine, intuit, discern, distinguish, verify, confirm, make certain of, certify, figure out, get a fix on
    • 3. assign (a particular characteristic or categorization) to oneself; describe oneself as belonging to (a particular category or group):

      she identifies as a feminist 3.2% of the men identified as gay or bisexual
    • 4. associate (someone) closely with; regard (someone) as having strong links with:

      he was equivocal about being identified too closely with the peace movement
      Synonym : associate, link, connect, couple, relate, bracket, think of together, think of in connection with, draw a parallel with, mention in the same breath as, set side by side with
    • 5. equate (someone or something) with:

      because of my upstate accent, people identified me with a homely farmer's wife
      Synonym : equate with, identify someone as, consider someone/something to be, regard as being the same as, regard as being identical to
    • 6. regard oneself as sharing the same characteristics or thinking as someone else:

      I liked Fromm and identified with him
      Synonym : empathize, be in tune, have a rapport, feel togetherness, feel at one, commune, sympathize, be in sympathy, be on the same wavelength as, speak/talk the same language as, understand, relate to, feel for, have insight into, put oneself in the shoes of
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: identify, 3rd person present: identifies, gerund or present participle: identifying, past tense: identified, past participle: identified

    • verb

      establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is:

      recognize or distinguish (especially something considered worthy of attention):

    • verb

      assign a particular characteristic or categorization to oneself; describe oneself as belonging to a particular category or group:
    • verb

      assign a particular characteristic or categorization to oneself; describe oneself as belonging to a particular category or group:
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