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Definition of identity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. identities)
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (abbreviation ID) who or what someone or something is The police are trying to discover the identity of the killer. Their identities were kept secret. She is innocent; it was a case of mistaken identity. Do you have any proof of identity? The thief used a false identity. She went through an identity crisis in her teens (= was not sure of who she was or of her place in society).
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the characteristics, feelings, or beliefs that distinguish people from others a sense of national/cultural/personal/group identity a plan to strengthen the corporate identity of the company AWL Collocationsidentifyidentify verbresearcher, scholar, scientist, witness analysis, report, research, study, surveyPrior research identified high school GPA as a predictor of students' academic pattern, trend characteristic, element variable factor cause sourceChapter three identifies the patterns of growth over the past century.previously positively accurately, correctly easily, readily clearly incorrectly, mistakenlyThe present research focuses on three behavioral outcomes previously identified.identifiable adjectiveeasily, readily individually clearlyThe pineal gland is an easily identifiable point of reference in X-ray images of the brain.identification nounallow, enable, facilitate, permit preclude verifyThis method facilitates the identification of a large number of herbs.accurate, correct, precise positive false, mistaken eyewitnessThe more extensive analysis needed for precise identification is beyond the scope of this study.identity nouncultural, ethnic, gender, national, racial, regional collective individual, personal mistakenA weakening of national identity may well make regional ones stronger.a sense of ~Children often derive a sense of identity from their hometown.identified adjectiveneed problem factor issue cause hazard, risk geneThis survey was designed to determine the level of importance of each of the identified issues.clearly, easily newly recentlyThe newly identified chemical structures were recently named in a patent application.identifying adjectivecharacteristic, feature, markThe sawfish's most distinctive identifying feature is a broad snout with razor-sharp teeth.
  3. 3[uncountable] identity (with somebody/something) identity (between A and B) the state or feeling of being very similar to and able to understand someone or something an identity of interests There's a close identity between fans and their team.
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