Definitions of identify

  1. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  2. give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property; " Many senators were named in connection with the scandal"; " The almanac identifies the auspicious months"
  3. consider to be equal or the same; " He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
  4. consider ( oneself) as similar to somebody else; " He identified with the refugees"
  5. conceive of as united or associated; " Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"
  6. recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something; " She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
  7. 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 same purpose or effect; to consider as the same in any relation.
  8. To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, to identify stolen property.
  9. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.
  10. To make, prove to be, or consider as, the same.
  11. Identifying.
  12. To make to be the same: to ascertain or prove to be the same:- pa. p. identified.
  14. To prove or as certain to be the same.
  15. To assert or prove to be the same.
  16. To ascertain or prove to be the same; to consider as the same in effect.
  17. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, & c.
  18. To unite or combine in interest, purpose, use, & c.; to become the same; to ascertain or prove to be really the same with something described or asserted.

Usage examples for identify

  1. Protestants smile at the Catholics, who identify Christianity with the Church. – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  2. I'll get off this afternoon; they've sent for some one to identify me, and if he doesn't succeed, I don't see how they can hold me. – Jerry by Jean Webster
  3. There's nobody in town can identify him but me- and mebby I won't be around here to do it. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  4. And you can get half a dozen porters to identify him? – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  5. One of the ladies referred to testified as follows: " Can you identify that diamond?" – Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train
  6. You'll have to come with me to identify the purse and charge the boy. – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  7. They were the last to leave, but not one man was in a condition to identify his own hat. – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  8. Then you'll probably have a chance to identify them. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  9. 2. How many birds can you identify by sight? – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  10. But I think, Sir, if you please, I'm not very far wrong when I say that I would identify you for Mr. David Arden. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  11. Can anyone identify this knife? – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  12. They were dressed precisely like their comrades, yet each had his distinguishing marks, so that Simplex, who had often heard them described by the country people, was able to identify them at a glance. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  13. Many attempts have been made to identify this good preacher or that worthy reformer with the famous character, much to the annoyance of the author, who really created Elsmere out of the influences already described. – The Lure of the Camera by Charles S. Olcott
  14. The coat then is the only thing you have got to identify him with? – The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine by Ross Kay
  15. My wife was called in to identify it. – Redemption and Two Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
  16. It reminded Alec of something he could not at all identify, which was not wonderful, seeing it was of itself, heard once before, that it reminded him. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  17. I merely brought it here on the chance that it was one of your importations and that you could identify it. – The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle