I·den·ti·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Identified p. pr. & vb. n. Identifying ]
1. 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.
Every precaution is taken to identify the interests of the people and of the rulers. --D. Ramsay.
Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people. --Burke.
2. To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, to identify stolen property.
adj : having the identity known or established; "the identified
bodies were released for burial"
v 1: recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or
something; "She identified the man on the 'wanted'
poster" [syn: place]
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" [syn: name]
3: consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else; "He
identified with the refugees"
4: conceive of as united or associated; "Sex activity is
closely identified with the hypothalamus"
5: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: discover,
key, key out, distinguish, describe, name]
6: consider to be equal or the same; "He identified his brother
as one of the fugitives"