Definition of

Identify

  1. (verb, cognition) consider to be equal or the same
  2. (verb, cognition) recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
  3. (verb, cognition) identify as in botany or biology, for example
  4. (verb, cognition) consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
  5. (verb, cognition) conceive of as united or associated
  6. (verb, communication) give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
    The almanac identifies the auspicious months

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Identify

describe, discover, distinguish, key, key out, name, place

Origin of the word Identify

  1. 1644, "regard as the same," from Fr. identifier, from identit? (see identity). Sense of "recognize" first recorded 1769. I.D. (pronounced as separate letters), short for identification, is attested from 1955. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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