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[ahy-den-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, ih-den-] /aɪˌdɛn tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ɪˌdɛn-/

an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.
something that identifies a person, animal, or thing:
He carries identification with him at all times.
Sociology. acceptance as one’s own of the values and interests of a social group.

the act of identifying or the state of being identified



1640s, “treating of a thing as the same as another,” from French identification, probably from identifier (see identify). Sense of “becoming or feeling oneself one with another” is from 1857. Sense of “determination of identity” is from 1859. Meaning “object or document which marks identity” is from 1947 (short for identification tag, card, etc.).

identification i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion (ī-děn’tə-fĭ-kā’shən)


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