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"identify" in British English

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identifyverb [T]

uk   /aɪˈden.tɪ.faɪ/  us   /-t̬ə-/
B2 to ​recognize someone or something and say or ​prove who or what that ​person or thing is: Even the ​smallestbaby can identify ​itsmother by her ​voice. The ​gunman in Wednesday's ​attack has been identified as Lee Giggs, an ​unemployedtruckdriver. The ​policeofficer identified himself (= gave his ​name or ​proved who he was) and ​asked for ​ourhelp.B2 to ​recognize a ​problem, need, ​fact, etc. and to show that it ​exists: The ​research will be used to identify ​trainingneeds. You need to identify ​yourpriorities.

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"identify" in American English

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identifyverb [T]

 us   /ɑɪˈdent·əˌfɑɪ/
to ​recognize or be ​able to ​name someone or something, or to ​prove who or what someone or something is: Small ​babies can identify ​theirmothers. The ​policeofficerrefused to identify himself.
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"identify" in Business English

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identifyverb [T]

uk   us   /aɪˈdentɪfaɪ/
to ​find and be able to describe someone or something: identify what/which/who To ​create an ​effectiveadvertisingcampaign you must first identify who your ​targetmarket is. A good ​businessrecoveryservice should ​include an ​initialriskassessment to identify which ​essentialprocesses are at ​risk and how the ​risk can be ​reduced.
to say or prove who or what someone or something is: The ​document must identify you by ​name and ​bear your ​signature or a readily recognizable photograph of you. You will be ​asked to identify yourself at the ​receptiondesk when you arrive.
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