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Define vs. Identify

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Defineverb

To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly.

‘the defining power of an optical instrument’;

Identifyverb

(transitive) To establish the identity of someone or something.

Defineverb

(obsolete) To settle, decide an argument etc.

Identifyverb

To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.

Defineverb

To express the essential nature of something.

‘I define myself as a techno-anarchist.’;

Identifyverb

(transitive) To equate or make the same; to unite or combine into one.

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Defineverb

To state the meaning of a word, phrase, sign, or symbol.

‘The textbook defined speed as velocity divided by time.’;

Identifyverb

(reflexive) To have a strong affinity with; to feel oneself to be modelled on or connected to.

Defineverb

To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.

Identifyverb

(intransitive) To associate oneself with some group.

Defineverb

To demark sharply the outlines or limits of an area or concept.

‘to define the legal boundaries of a property’;

Identifyverb

(intransitive) To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.

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Defineverb

(mathematics) To establish the referent of a term or notation.

Identifyverb

To make to be the same; to unite or combine in such a manner as to make one; to treat as being one or having the same purpose or effect; to consider as the same in any relation.

‘Every precaution is taken to identify the interests of the people and of the rulers.’; ‘Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people.’;

Definenoun

(programming) A kind of macro in source code that replaces one text string with another wherever it occurs.

Identifyverb

To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, to identify stolen property.

Defineverb

To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end.

Identifyverb

To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.

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Defineverb

To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country.

Identifyverb

To coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.; to associate oneself in name, goals, or feelings; usually used with with; as, he identified with the grief she felt at her father's death.

‘An enlightened self-interest, which, when well understood, they tell us will identify with an interest more enlarged and public.’;

Defineverb

To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the defining power of an optical instrument.

‘Rings . . . very distinct and well defined.’;

Identifyverb

recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something;

‘She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster’;

Defineverb

To determine the precise signification of; to fix the meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a scientific term.

‘They define virtue to be life ordered according to nature.’;

Identifyverb

give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property;

‘Many senators were named in connection with the scandal’; ‘The almanac identifies the auspicious months’;

Defineverb

To determine; to decide.

Identifyverb

consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else;

‘He identified with the refugees’;

Defineverb

give a definition for the meaning of a word;

‘Define `sadness'’;

Identifyverb

conceive of as united or associated;

‘Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus’;

Defineverb

determine the essential quality of

Identifyverb

identify as in botany or biology, for example

Defineverb

determine the nature of;

‘What defines a good wine?’;

Identifyverb

consider to be equal or the same;

‘He identified his brother as one of the fugitives’;

Defineverb

delineate the form or outline of;

‘The tree was clearly defined by the light’; ‘The camera could define the smallest object’;

Defineverb

state or describe exactly the nature, scope, or meaning of

‘the contract will seek to define the client's obligations’;

Defineverb

give the meaning of (a word or phrase), especially in a dictionary

‘the dictionary defines it as ‘a type of pasture’’;

Defineverb

make up or establish the character or essence of

‘for some, the football club defines their identity’;

Defineverb

mark out the boundary or limits of

‘the river defines the park's boundary’;

Defineverb

make clear the outline of; delineate

‘she defined her eyes by applying eyeshadow to her eyelids’;

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