identify ( identifies 3rd person present) ( identifying present participle) ( identified past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you can identify someone or something, you are able to recognize them or distinguish them from others.
There are a number of distinguishing characteristics by which you can identify a Hollywood epic... V n
2 verb If you identify someone or something, you name them or say who or what they are.
Police have already identified around 10 murder suspects... V n
The reporters identified one of the six Americans as an Army Specialist... V n as n/-ing
3 verb If you identify something, you discover or notice its existence.
Scientists claim to have identified natural substances with cancer-combating properties... V n
4 verb If a particular thing identifies someone or something, it makes them easy to recognize, by making them different in some way.
She wore a little nurse's hat on her head to identify her... V n
His boots and purple beret identify him as commanding the Scottish Paratroops. V n as -ing/n
5 verb If you identify with someone or something, you feel that you understand them or their feelings and ideas.
She would only play a role if she could identify with the character... V with n
6 verb If you identify one person or thing with another, you think that they are closely associated or involved in some way.
She hates playing the sweet, passive women that audiences identify her with... V n with n
The candidates all want to identify themselves with reform. V pron-refl with n
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