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verb [transitive] identify pronunciation in American English /aɪˈdentɪˌfaɪ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyidentify
he/she/itidentifies
present participleidentifying
past tenseidentified
past participleidentified
  1. 1
    to recognize someone and be able to say who they are
    Two of the suspects have been identified by witnesses.
    identify someone as something: He identified the dead woman as his wife.
    1. a.
      to recognize something and understand exactly what it is
      Several key problems have already been identified.
      identify someone/something as something: Children can be identified as poor readers as early as the age of five.
  2. 2
    to be a sign that shows who or what someone is
    identify someone as something: Janners’s red and gold jacket identified him as a steward.

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