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From French identification.


  • IPA(key): /ɪˌdɛntɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/, /aɪˌdɛntɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • Hyphenation: iden‧ti‧fi‧ca‧tion


identification (countable and uncountable, plural identifications)

  1. (strictly) The act of identifying (i.e., which one, which thing).
    In IP protocol, after identification comes authentication.
    Coordinate terms: authentication, authentification
  2. (broadly, often) The combination of identifying (which one, which thing) and validating the identity (proving or confirming it); identifying and authenticating viewed as a unitary concept in cognition.
    Much education and experience is required for proper identification of bird species.
  3. The state of being identified.
    The problem's identification was the first step toward dealing with it.
  4. (countable) A particular instance of identifying something.
    information necessary to make a good identification
  5. A document or documents serving as evidence of a person's identity.
    The authorities asked for his identification.
    Synonyms: ID, documents, papers
  6. A feeling of support, sympathy, understanding, or belonging towards somebody or something.
    identification with the tribe
    • 1998, Hugh Berrington, Britain in the nineties[1], page 192:
      In the English South and Midlands, identification with Britain ran well ahead of identification with the region; in Yorkshire and the northern England, identification with the region ran about equal to identification with Britain; and in Scotland and Wales (but more especially in Scotland) identification with the region ('Scotland' or 'Wales') ran well ahead of identification with Britain.

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From the Late Latin verb identificare.



identification f (plural identifications)

  1. identification

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