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synonyms for identify

  • analyze
  • classify
  • describe
  • determine
  • diagnose
  • establish
  • find
  • name
  • pinpoint
  • select
  • single out
  • spot
  • card
  • catalog
  • distinguish
  • peg
  • place
  • separate
  • tag
  • button down
  • determinate
  • diagnosticate
  • make out
  • pick out
  • put one's finger on
  • tab
See also synonyms for: identified / identifies / identifying

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What is another word for identify?

There are a lot of good synonyms for identify—which one to use depends on what exactly you want to mean. Here are some of the main ones:

  • recognize—to be able to tell what something is (and often to know its name), as in He immediately identified/recognized it as a monarch butterfly. 
  • diagnose or pinpoint, as in My mechanic was finally able to identify/diagnose/pinpoint the problem. 
  • associate, such as with a certain group or belief, as in She’s known for identifying/associating with the party’s reform wing. 
  • distinguish, as in Her height identified/distinguished her as the volleyball player. 
  • establish (who someone is), as in He has been identified/established as the main suspect. Relatedly, to identify someone is to figure out who they are—to establish their identity.

Sometimes, to identify in some way means to consider some characteristic as an inherent part of your identity (and perhaps to make this publicly known), as in I identify as nonbinary or She proudly identifies as Mexican American. Another way to express this is simply by using forms of the verb be, as in I am nonbinary.

Are identify and determine synonyms?

Does identify mean the same thing as list?

What is an antonym (opposite) of identify?

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antonyms for identify

MOST RELEVANT
  • confuse
  • lose
  • miss
  • overlook
  • mistake
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How to use identify in a sentence

Correctly identifying such trends means being able to plan in advance and then taking advantage of heightened interest.
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Reporters Sapien and Sanders worked with Willis to identify several high-ranking NYPD commanders who had been promoted again and again despite long records of serious civilian complaints.
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First, the team worked to identify whether they had assigned the most relevant URLs for the keywords.
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If scientists are able to identify an immune correlate of protection, however, “and you can demonstrate that kids get that with the vaccine, that’s even more satisfying,” O’Leary said.
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The funds were to be transferred to the CPUC quarterly, but the CPUC didn’t try to identify whether any of that money was outstanding.
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That sheriff’s deputy was identified as Clint Stearns by WTVT, which also reported that he was a former quarterback at the Tampa area’s Plant City High.
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So many folks are not presenting how they feel, even as they are privately identifying.
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He learned and accepted new methods and behaviors, identifying his own shortcomings.
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So any attempt to identify users’ identity will likely be blocked.
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The man was not immediately identified, and authorities have not specified how he died.
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