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Identify appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Deny fit Ned is God ere dogs identify Ned.
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The word identify and its family (identifiable, identification, identified, identifies, identifying, identities, identity, unidentifiable) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb identify

What does identify mean as a doing word?

Identify is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: identified

  1. recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Predicate, what-extraction]He described what we should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Predicate, what-infinitive clause]He described what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, object control with -ing]He characterized him as being smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, small clause]He characterized him to be smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]He characterized him as smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]He described going to work
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]He described how he could rise to high office
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]He described how to do it

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): accept, define, describe, envisage, imagine, portray, recollect, remember, represent, visualize.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of identify: place
    • more generic words: determine / set = fix conclusively or authoritatively
    • more specific terms: differentiate / distinguish / severalise / severalize / tell apart / secernate / separate / secern / tell = mark as different
  2. give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
  3. consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb]You really have to empathize
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] with [Cause, possessive with -ing]You really have to empathize with their doing it
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] with [Cause, what-infinitive clause]You've really got to empathize with what they want
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] with [Cause, not sentential clause]You really have to empathize with them

      Verbs of Empathizing (with the same syntax): commiserate, empathize, sympathize.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: consider / reckon / regard / see / view = deem to be
  4. conceive of as united or associated
  5. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  6. consider to be equal or the same

Alternative definition of the verb identify


  1. [transitive] To establish the identity of someone or something.
  2. [transitive] [biology] To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
  3. [transitive] To equate two or more things.
  4. [reflexive] To have a strong affinity [term, with]; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.
  5. [intransitive] To associate oneself with some group.
  6. [intransitive] To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.
  7. [transitive] [topology] To map a number of points to one.


  1. "Identify" is a pop–ballad written by Billy Corgan and performed by Natalie Imbruglia for the soundtrack to the film Stigmata. The track was released as a single from the soundtrack on 22 March 1999. The single was only released promotionally, and was therefore ineligible to chart. The track also appears on the Taiwanese edition of Imbruglia's debut studio album Left of the Middle, and later as a bonus track on the Japanese version of her greatest hits compilation, Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007.
  2. "Identify" is the first full-length studio album by South Korean boy band GOT7. It was released on November 18, 2014. The song "하지하지마" will be used to promote the album.
  3. "IDENTIFY" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Identify" is a musical album of Identification.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  5. "Identify" is a composition.
  6. "Identify" is a musical album of Tho-So-Aa.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  7. "Identify" is a musical EP of Confutatis.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  8. "Identify" is a composition.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Identify

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Google previewFundamentals of MRI (2008)

An Interactive Learning Approach by Elizabeth Berry, Andrew J. Bulpitt

The thing to identify is that they match. (a) Proton: Small particle found in the nucleus carrying a positive charge. (b) Coulomb: Unit of electrical charge. (c) Paramagnetic: A pair of magnetic poles, one north pole and one south pole.

Google previewCCCS Selected Working Papers (2007)

by Ann Gray, Jan Campbell, Mark Erickson, Stuart Hanson, Helen Wood

to identify is that of the dominant or hegemonic code. (There are, of course, many different codes and sub-codes required to produce an event within the dominant code). When the viewer takes the connoted meaning from, say, a television ...

Google previewNorthrop Frye on Myth (2016)

by Ford Russell

Identify is an aspect of ethos, which gives shape to what otherwise would be endless cyclical recurrence (AC, 105, 159).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Research Design (2010)

by Neil J. Salkind

Thus, it will be assumed that the condition a diagnostic test is employed to identify is a physical or psychological illness. In such a case, a true positive is a person whom the test indicates has the illness and does, in fact, have the illness.

Google previewThe Mass Psychology of Fascism (1970)

by Wilhelm Reich

The need to identify is the same1 but the ohiects of identification are diiferent, namely fellow workers and not the fiihrer, one's own work and not an illusion, the working men of the earth and not the family. In short, international. consciousness ...

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1971)

To identify means to improve and adapt the structure of collective bargaining in the industry to meet the challenges of technological innovation and changing demands. Sec. 4. The Commission is authorized to conduct studies and to make ...

Google previewThe Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus (2009)

Enduring Legacies and Emerging Challenges by Amanda E Wooden, Christoph H. Stefes

A third important influence to identify is that of research ...

Google previewThe United States and Iran (2009)

Policy Challenges and Opportunities by J. Roshandel, Alethia H. Cook

Because the goal is to identify means to improve the situation, the authors strove to avoid bias and present both countries' perspectives. Each chapter of the book is meant to shed light on the factors deemed to be of most significant importance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Las-Pho, pages 1025-2048 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

Identify an SS-25 base by the pattern of buildings and roads. Distinguish between naval and commercial port facilities based on type and configuration of large functional areas. Rating level 3 Distinguish between large (e.g., C-141. 707 , BEAR ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Operations Management (2012)

A Field Manual and Glossary of Operations Management Terms and Concepts by Arthur V. Hill

the goal is to simply identify the underlying dimensions of quality, regardless if they are satisfiers or ...

Google previewWeaving a Lexicon (2004)

by D. Geoffrey Hall

Chambers Before children can learn the meaning or syntactic privileges of a single word, they must first learn to identify its sound pattern. This achievement sets the stage for other aspects of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the United States Constitution (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

Nevada of this decision lies in rejection of arguments that a state law requiring people to identify themselves to the police does not constitute either a Fourth Amendment unreasonable search and seizure or a violation of the Fifth Amendment's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Epidemiology (2008)

by Sarah Boslaugh

They may seek to identify any factors that may influence the detection of a health outcome, or they may seek to identify which of the factors are most predictive of development of the health outcome in affected individuals. An example of the first ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Local History (2012)

by Carol Kammen, Amy H. Wilson

The teacher guidelines state that fourth graders must be able to ana— lyze primary and secondary resources to identify Significant individuals and events throughout Florida history; syn— thesize information related to Florida history through ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Identity (2010)

by Ronald L. Jackson II

The reader is able to identify the voice, tone, and mood by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Psychology and Law (2007)

by Brian L. Cutler

Initial studies support the JSAT's validity and use as an effective screening device to identify inmates' mental health needs. Incontrovertible evidence now exists to show that the prevalence of mental disorder among those in the criminal justice ...

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I identify with this guy's frustration and inability to control his fury at moments. I even identify with the way that this guy covers up a lot with humour. So yeah, it's interesting. (Bradley Whitford)
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Scrabble value of I1D2E1N1T1I1F4Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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