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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyidentify with
he/she/itidentifies with
present participleidentifying with
past tenseidentified with
past participleidentified with
  1. 1
    identify with someone to feel that you can understand and share someone else's feelings

    He didn't seem to be able to identify with ordinary people and their aspirations.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] be identified with someone/something to consider someone or something to be involved or connected with a particular group or opinion

    The Americans were anxious not to become identified with "colonial" authorities.

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  3. 3
    identify something with something formal to think that something is the same as something else or is closely related to it

    Most of these writers identify mind with consciousness.

See also main entry: i·den·ti·fy

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