from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To establish the identity of.
- transitive v. To ascertain the origin, nature, or definitive characteristics of.
- transitive v. Biology To determine the taxonomic classification of (an organism).
- transitive v. To consider as identical or united; equate.
- transitive v. To associate or affiliate (oneself) closely with a person or group.
- intransitive v. To establish an identification with another or others.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To establish the identity of someone or something.
- v. (biology) To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
- v. To equate two or more things.
- v. To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.
- v. To associate oneself with some group.
- v. To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.
- v. To map a number of points to one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted.
- intransitive v. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.
- intransitive v. To coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.; to associate oneself in name, goals, or feelings; usually used with with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make to be the same; unite or combine in such a manner as to make one; treat as having the same use; consider as the same in effect; represent as the same.
- To determine or establish the identity of; ascertain that something met with is identical with something otherwise known; ascertain what a given thing or who a given person is; specifically, in natural history, to determine to what species a given specimen belongs: as, the child was identified by its clothing; the owner identified his goods.
- To mark or characterize in such a way as to show what the thing marked is; serve as a means of identification for.
- To make one's self a part of (an organization, movement, cause, etc.); be conspicuously active in the promotion of: as, he early identified himself with the abolition movement.
- To become the same; coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. identify as in botany or biology, for example
- v. consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
- v. consider to be equal or the same
- v. give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
- v. recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
- v. conceive of as united or associated
Medieval Latin identificāre, to make to resemble : Late Latin identitās, identity; see identity + Latin -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French identifier, from Medieval Latin identicus + Latin faciō. (Wiktionary)