Definition of identification in US English:

identification

noun

  • 1The action or process of identifying someone or something or the fact of being identified.

    ‘each child was tagged with a number for identification’
    ‘it may be impossible for relatives to make positive identifications’
    • ‘Today we await the positive identification of the body and any details of how and when she died.’
    • ‘Well, the whole process of identification actually takes place a few steps before DNA testing.’
    • ‘According to both O'Brien and Kieswetter, the recruiting process begins with player identification.’
    • ‘I do not argue with the fact or identification of sentencing error.’
    • ‘They must have a high preservation potential, be relatively common, and also be distinctive so that accurate identification is possible.’
    • ‘Aptitude identification should be a continuous process, specially designed to go along with the secondary education.’
    • ‘Cultivar name or sample identification is at the top of each lane.’
    • ‘In fact no positive identification of him is ever made.’
    • ‘You need someone who has the actual expertise to confirm positive identification.’
    • ‘The identification of two named genera in a single organism presents a taxonomic dilemma.’
    • ‘There are several toxic species, so positive identification of any cobweb-caps to be eaten is essential.’
    • ‘In looking specifically at masculinity in this context, I want to examine the process of narcissistic identification in more detail.’
    • ‘One mode by which coloring one element could slow processing is by making identification of the color more difficult.’
    • ‘Schools don't teach the names of trees or identification of birds and frogs.’
    • ‘These cultures often take up to six weeks for positive identification.’
    • ‘Keith Morris is happy with the news of the positive identification, though he won't relax until the divers complete their final dive in safety.’
    • ‘They act openly and brazenly in the belief that Gardai will have difficulty in making any positive identification.’
    • ‘The identification of suspects by name provides a huge area for obfuscation.’
    • ‘The first step in the risk management process is risk identification.’
    • ‘That information included a unique biometric form of identification: a fingerprint.’
    recognition, singling out, picking out, spotting, pointing out, pinpointing, naming, placing
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    1. 1.1 A means of proving a person's identity, especially in the form of official papers.
      ‘I asked to see his identification’
      • ‘When he reached her she was with the man and when he asked if the handbag was theirs and for identification to prove it they handed it over.’
      • ‘Those not having acceptable identification to prove age may be refused a marriage license.’
      • ‘I had to wear a full respirator and goggles and carry identification to prove I owned property in the area.’
      • ‘He said the thieves repeatedly robbed the mail drops until they had enough identification to create new identities for themselves.’
      • ‘Since she could not produce any temporary resident permit or personal identification, the two were brought back to the station.’
      • ‘All collectors will carry appropriate identification and official receipts will be provided.’
      • ‘Because he lacks any official identification, he has been denied political asylum and barred from leaving the jail.’
      • ‘That presupposes that only positive photo identification is admissible.’
      • ‘It is an offence not to carry some form of identification, such as passport or driving licence.’
      • ‘Adolescents and adults, on the other hand, frequently report positive identification with own group members.’
      • ‘If you have no identification proving your medical qualification your assistance will probably be declined.’
      • ‘You must provide identification showing your name and address in the City of Waterloo.’
      • ‘The fact is that asylum seekers already have to carry identification and have their fingerprints taken.’
      • ‘Failure to present the required identification may disqualify you from the assessment process.’
      • ‘Verify that the phone number on his vehicle matches the one you dialled and that the driver has official identification.’
      • ‘Ten thousand people had their names and personal identification stolen from Stanford University.’
      • ‘A 72-year-old woman in Chiswick answered the door to a bogus water board official with bogus identification.’
      • ‘They will have to bring with them some other federally approved form of identification, like a passport.’
      • ‘I was asked to turn in my gun and my badge and my RCMP identification.’
      • ‘They will be asked to bring identification to prove they are the rightful owners before it is returned.’
      id, papers, identity papers, identification papers, bona fides, documents, credentials
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    2. 1.2 A person's sense of identity with someone or something.
      ‘children's identification with storybook characters’
      • ‘Their lifelong identification with the working class was forged during these years.’
      • ‘Possibly this would add a sense of discomfort, and possibly an identification with imprisonment.’
      • ‘He was the preeminent actor of the jeans and torn t-shirt generation who sought a total identification with the characters they played.’
      • ‘At the heart of this process of identification was the assumption that Europeans had a right to label non-Europeans.’
      • ‘From the folk culture, adolescents receive a world view and an identification with a unique cultural system.’
      • ‘The story constitutes an identification with childhood.’
      • ‘He was one of those political people who refused an identification with a specific race or nation or movement or party.’
      • ‘What always came through in Cash's music and life was his identification with and compassion for the underdog.’
      • ‘New forms of national identification can only come out of the process of British people living, working and debating together.’
      • ‘The men are isolated in their consciousness by their close identification with machines.’
      • ‘The desecration of a church and the group's name suggest a strong identification with Wicca..’
      • ‘Part of the lure of going to the cinema is not only the pleasure of looking but also the processes of identification that this allows.’
      • ‘Boys, however, must break with their primary identification with their mothers in order to become male identified.’
      • ‘A wedding ring and government paper equally represent social identification.’
      • ‘The populist side of me is very much about my identification with the culture of a newsroom.’
      • ‘But equally interesting was the lack of identification with the official government region in which people live.’
      • ‘The surface advantage of group identification is that an identity comes prefabricated.’
      • ‘He developed an intellectual identification with France that would last his entire life.’
      • ‘The fluttering of rainbow flags also indicates a waning identification with the Italian nation and a loss of support for the Italian state.’
      • ‘In a final duet, with post-gypsy band Dress, they build towards an erotic identification with their audience.’
      empathy, rapport, fellow feeling, togetherness, unity, bond of sympathy, sympathetic cord, sympathy, understanding
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    3. 1.3 The association or linking of one thing with another.
      ‘the traditional Russian identification of democracy with anarchy’
      • ‘The identification of order with law eliminates from public consciousness the very concept of the decentralized provision of order.’
      • ‘But its inherent limitations meant that it could never fully escape from its identification with victimhood.’
      • ‘It also facilitated the identification of the church and of various church associations with the National Revolution.’
      • ‘There is a tendency to associate case studies with qualitative research, but such an identification is not appropriate.’
      association, link, linkage, connection, tie, bracketing, relatedness, interrelation, interconnection, interdependence
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Origin

Mid 17th century: originally from medieval Latin identificat- ‘identified’, from the verb identificare; later from identify.

Pronunciation

identification

/aɪˌdɛn(t)əfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n//īˌden(t)əfəˈkāSH(ə)n/