One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To re-establish or reconfirm the identity of; to identify again.
2with object To make a new and different identification of; to reascribe the identity of.
3with object (refl.) and without object. To identify oneself with something again. Chiefly with with.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From re- + identify.
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