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identify
WordNet 2.0
  • consider to be equal or the same
  • "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
  • recognize as being
  • establish the identity of someone or something
  • "She identified the man on the ''wanted'' poster"
  • identify as in botany or biology, for example
  • consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
  • "He identified with the refugees"
  • conceive of as united or associated
  • "Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus"
  • 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"
identify
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 1. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc. [Obs. or R.]

    "An enlightened self-interest, which, when well understood, they tell us will identify with an interest more enlarged and public." -- Burke.

 

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John Donne
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