—v.t. 1. to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing; verify the identity of: to identify handwriting; to identify the bearer of a check. 2. to serve as a means of identification for: His gruff voice quickly identified him. 3. to make, represent to be, or regard or treat as the same or identical: They identified Jones with the progress of the company. 4. to associate in name, feeling, interest, action, etc. (usually fol. by with): He preferred not to identify himself with that group. 5. Biol.to determine to what group (a given specimen) belongs.
6. Psychol.to associate (one or oneself) with another person or a group of persons by identification.
—v.i. to experience psychological identification: The audience identified with the play's characters.