- 1 (informal ID) to recognize somebody/something and be able to say who or what they are identify somebody/something as somebody/something The bodies were identified as those of two suspected drug dealers. identify somebody/something She was able to identify her attacker. Passengers were asked to identify their own suitcases before they were put on the plane. Many of those arrested refused to identify themselves (= would not say who they were). First of all we must identify the problem areas.
- 2 to find or discover somebody/something identify something Scientists have identified a link between diet and cancer. As yet they have not identified a buyer for the company. identify what, which, etc… They are trying to identify what is wrong with the present system.
- 3identify somebody/something (as somebody/something) to make it possible to recognize who or what somebody/something is In many cases, the clothes people wear identify them as belonging to a particular social class. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘treat as being identical with’): from medieval Latin identificare, from late Latin identitas (from Latin idem
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BrE BrE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they identify
BrE BrE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪ//he / she / it identifies
BrE BrE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪz//past simple identified
BrE BrE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪd//past participle identified
BrE BrE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪd//-ing form identifying
BrE BrE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdentɪfaɪɪŋ//