R E F E R E N C E S
Identify vt  1a: to cause to be or become identical b: to conceive as united [as in spirit, outlook, or principle] [groups that are identifed with conservation] 2a: to establish the identity of b: to determine the taxonomic position of [a biological specimen] -vi 1: to be or become the same 2: to practice psychological identificaion [__ with the hero of a novel]
Identification n  1a: an act of identifying: the state of being identified b: evidence of identity 2a: psychological orientation of the self in regard to something as a person or group] with a resulting feeling of close emotional association b: a largely unconscious process whereby an individual models thoughts, feelings, and actions after those attributed to an object that has been incorporated as a mental image
Identity n [MF identité, fr. LL identitat-, identitas, prob. fr. L identidem repeatedly, contr. of idem et idem, lit., same and same]  1a: sameness of essential or generic character in different instances b: sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing: oneness 2a: the distinguishing character or personality of an individual: individuality b: the relation established by psychological identification 3a: the condition of being the same with something described or asserted [establish the __ of stolen goods] 4: an equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols 5: Identity Element [n (1902): an element ( as 0 in the set of all integers under addition or 1 in the set of positive integers under multiplication] that leaves any element of the set to which it belongs unchanged when combined with it by a specifid operation
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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