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 : serving to distinguish or identify a species or group; "the
distinguishing mark of the species is its plumage";
"distinctive tribal tattoos"; "we were asked to
describe any identifying marks or distinguishing
features" [syn: distinguishing, distinctive, identifying(a)]