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verb [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 smallest baby can identify its mother by her voice. The gunman in Wednesday's attack has been identified as Lee Giggs, an unemployed truck driver. The police officer identified himself (= gave his name or proved who he was) and asked for our help.B2 to recognize a problem, need, fact, etc. and to show that it exists: The research will be used to identify training needs. You need to identify your priorities.
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