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  Identify (I*den"ti*fy) (?), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Identified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Identifying (?).]
[Cf. F. identifier. See Identity, and -fy.]

1. 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." D. Ramsay. "Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people." Burke.
2. To establish the identity of; to prove to be the same with something described, claimed, or asserted; as, to identify stolen property.
Identify (I*den"ti*fy) (?), v. i.

To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc. [Obs. or R.] "An enlightened self-interest, which, when well understood, they tell us will identify with an interest more enlarged and public." Burke.

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