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verb [transitive] identify pronunciation in American English /aɪˈdentɪˌfaɪ/
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present tense
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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