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Describe vs. Identify — What's the Difference?

Describe vs. Identify — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Describe and Identify

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Describe

To give an account of in speech or writing
Describe a sea voyage.
May 01, 2022

Identify

To establish or recognize the identity of; ascertain as a certain person or thing
Can you identify what kind of plane that is? I identified the man at the next table as a famous actor.
May 01, 2022

Describe

To convey an idea or impression of; characterize
She described her childhood as a time of wonder and discovery.
May 01, 2022

Identify

(Biology) To determine the taxonomic classification of (an organism).
May 01, 2022

Describe

To represent pictorially; depict
Goya's etchings describe the horrors of war in grotesque detail.
May 01, 2022
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Identify

To ascertain as having a certain characteristic or feature
Job candidates who are identified as overqualified.
Children who have been identified with hearing loss.
May 01, 2022

Describe

To trace the form or outline of
Describe a circle with a compass.
May 01, 2022

Identify

To consider as identical or united; equate
The Greek god Ares is identified with the Roman god Mars.
May 01, 2022

Describe

(transitive) To represent in words.
The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.
The geographer describes countries and cities.
Several witnesses describe seeing lights in the sky that night.
May 01, 2022

Identify

To associate or affiliate closely with
Writers who are identified with modernism.
May 01, 2022

Describe

(transitive) To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out.
To describe a circle by the compasses;
A torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle
May 01, 2022

Identify

To consider oneself as sharing certain characteristics or attitudes as another
She identifies strongly with her grandmother.
May 01, 2022

Describe

To give rise to a geometrical structure.
The function describes a very complex surface.
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Identify

To associate oneself with or admire something, such as a set of ideas
A language learner who identifies with a new culture.
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Describe

To introduce a new taxon to science by explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other taxa.
The fungus was first described by a botanist.
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Identify

To believe or assert that one belongs to a certain group or class
She identifies as a libertarian. He identifies as bisexual.
May 01, 2022

Describe

(obsolete) To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.
May 01, 2022

Identify

(transitive) To establish the identity of someone or something.
It was hard to identify the shoplifter because the CCTV records didn't have a clear image.
May 01, 2022

Describe

To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle.
May 01, 2022

Identify

(transitive) To disclose the identity of someone.
The Associated Press will not identify the suspect of the crime because he is a juvenile.
May 01, 2022

Describe

To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities.
May 01, 2022

Identify

To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism.
May 01, 2022

Describe

To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.
Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book.
May 01, 2022

Identify

(transitive) To equate or make the same; to unite or combine into one.
May 01, 2022

Describe

To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.
May 01, 2022

Identify

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

Give a description of;
He drew an elaborate plan of attack
May 01, 2022

Identify

(intransitive) To associate oneself with some group; to feel, or believe one feels, the same way.
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Describe

To give an account or representation of in words;
Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental
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Identify

To claim an identity; to describe oneself as a member of a group; to assert the use of a particular term to describe oneself.
May 01, 2022

Describe

Identify as in botany or biology, for example
May 01, 2022

Identify

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.
May 01, 2022

Describe

Make a mark or lines on a surface;
Draw a line
Trace the outline of a figure in the sand
May 01, 2022

Identify

To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, to identify stolen property.
May 01, 2022

Identify

To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.
May 01, 2022

Identify

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.
May 01, 2022

Identify

Recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something;
She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster
May 01, 2022

Identify

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
May 01, 2022

Identify

Consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else;
He identified with the refugees
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Identify

Conceive of as united or associated;
Sex activity is closely identified with the hypothalamus
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Identify

Identify as in botany or biology, for example
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Identify

Consider to be equal or the same;
He identified his brother as one of the fugitives
May 01, 2022

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