identify


identify
verb
ADVERB
accurately, correctly, rightly

The new test will enable us to identify more accurately patients who are most at risk.

Did you identify all the pictures correctly?

falsely, incorrectly, mistakenly, wrongly
positively
clearly, unambiguously, unequivocally, uniquely

We have not yet clearly identified the source of the pollution.

a serial number that uniquely identifies the disk

formally

Someone has to formally identify the body.

easily, readily

I could identify him easily if I saw him again.

quickly, rapidly

Business trends are rapidly identified by this system.

tentatively

All three structures dated to the third century and were tentatively identified as shrines.

reliably
properly
successfully

Jaime successfully identified all 45 different species.

automatically

a computer program to automatically identify any query ending with a question mark

explicitly, specifically

The pressbook did not specifically identify the film's setting.

publicly

Ms. Wilson was publicly identified as a CIA operative.

initially, originally
visually

The surgeon visually identifies and cuts out the cancerous tissue.

VERB + IDENTIFY
be able to, be unable to, can, manage to

tests that can identify people at risk of cancer

be easy to, be possible to
be difficult to, struggle to
be necessary to, need to
attempt to, endeavour/endeavor to, seek to, strive to, try to
hope to

The researchers hope to identify ways to improve the treatment.

learn to

Participants learn to identify different species by their calls.

allow sb to, be used to, enable sb to, help to, serve to
decline to, refuse to

The newspaper declined to identify the source of the allegations.

fail to

Most students failed to identify the quotation.

PHRASES
efforts to identify sb/sth

He has stepped up efforts to identify and acquire other small companies.

a means of identifying sb/sth, a way of identifying sb/sth, a way to identify sb/sth

one means of identifying the disease in its early stages

PHRASAL VERBS
identify with sb
ADVERB
closely, completely, fully, strongly

She identified strongly with the main character in the play.

readily
VERB + IDENTIFY WITH
can

I can't identify with men like him.

identify sb with sth
ADVERB
closely

The policy is closely identified with the President himself.

clearly
increasingly

Great orchestras came to be identified increasingly with German conductors.

Identify is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑report, ↑research, ↑researcher, ↑scientist, ↑study, ↑survey, ↑witness
Identify is used with these nouns as the object: ↑area, ↑barrier, ↑category, ↑cause, ↑characteristic, ↑compound, ↑culprit, ↑danger, ↑defect, ↑deficiency, ↑disability, ↑error, ↑extent, ↑factor, ↑failing, ↑fault, ↑flaw, ↑gap, ↑gene, ↑killer, ↑limitation, ↑link, ↑location, ↑murderer, ↑need, ↑niche, ↑objective, ↑pattern, ↑priority, ↑problem, ↑remains, ↑requirement, ↑risk, ↑role, ↑saving, ↑shortcoming, ↑site, ↑source, ↑strain, ↑strength, ↑suspect, ↑symptom, ↑target, ↑theme, ↑trait, ↑trend, ↑type, ↑victim, ↑virus, ↑vulnerability, ↑way, ↑weakness

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  • identify — [ī den′tə fī΄] vt. identified, identifying [LL identificare: see IDENTITY & FY] 1. to make identical; consider or treat as the same [to identify one s interests with another s] 2. to recognize as being or show to be the very person or thing known …   English World dictionary

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  • Identify — I*den ti*fy, v. i. 1. To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc. [Obs. or R.] 2. To coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.; to associate oneself in name, goals, or feelings; usually used with with; as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • identify — (v.) 1640s, regard as the same, from Fr. identifier, from identité (see IDENTITY (Cf. identity)). Sense of recognize first recorded 1769. Meaning make one (with), associate (oneself) is from 1780. Sense of serve as means of identification is… …   Etymology dictionary

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