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Definition of identification noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] (abbreviation ID) the process of showing, proving, or recognizing who or what someone or something is The identification of the crash victims was a long and difficult task. Each product has a number for easy identification. an identification number Accurate identification of these birds is difficult. Only one witness could make a positive identification. 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.
  2. 2[uncountable] the process of recognizing that something exists, or is important The early identification of children with special educational needs is very important.
  3. 3(abbreviation ID) [uncountable] official papers or a document that can prove who you are Can I see some identification, please?
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] identification (with somebody/something) a strong feeling of sympathy, understanding, or support for someone or something her emotional identification with the play's heroine their increasing identification with the struggle for independence
  5. 5[uncountable, countable] identification (of somebody) (with somebody/something) the process of making a close connection between one person or thing and another the voters' identification of the Democrats with high taxes
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