Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To establish the identity of.
  • transitive v. To ascertain the origin, nature, or definitive characteristics of.
  • transitive v. Biology To determine the taxonomic classification of (an organism).
  • transitive v. To consider as identical or united; equate.
  • transitive v. To associate or affiliate (oneself) closely with a person or group.
  • intransitive v. To establish an identification with another or others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To establish the identity of someone or something.
  • v. (biology) To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
  • v. To equate two or more things.
  • v. To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.
  • v. To associate oneself with some group.
  • v. To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.
  • v. To map a number of points to one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.
  • intransitive v. To coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.; to associate oneself in name, goals, or feelings; usually used with with.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make to be the same; unite or combine in such a manner as to make one; treat as having the same use; consider as the same in effect; represent as the same.
  • To determine or establish the identity of; ascertain that something met with is identical with something otherwise known; ascertain what a given thing or who a given person is; specifically, in natural history, to determine to what species a given specimen belongs: as, the child was identified by its clothing; the owner identified his goods.
  • To mark or characterize in such a way as to show what the thing marked is; serve as a means of identification for.
  • To make one's self a part of (an organization, movement, cause, etc.); be conspicuously active in the promotion of: as, he early identified himself with the abolition movement.
  • To become the same; coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  • v. consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
  • v. consider to be equal or the same
  • v. give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
  • v. recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
  • v. conceive of as united or associated

Etymologies

Medieval Latin identificāre, to make to resemble : Late Latin identitās, identity; see identity + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French identifier, from Medieval Latin identicus + Latin faciō. (Wiktionary)

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  • Abstractly, this is a contranym. One is making difference ("Your name/distinction is _____") while connecting sameness ("This is part of me!").

    May 14, 2008

  • April 9, 2007