Synonyms of identify
1 recognizeDictionary • I tried to identify her perfume.
recognize • The receptionist recognized him at once.
place • I know we've met, but I can't place you.
name • The Scots have yet to name their team.
remember • He was remembering the old days.
spot • He left the party seconds before smoke was spotted coming up the stairs.
label • Too often the press are labelled as bad boys.
flag • I promise to flag these things more clearly.
tag • Important trees were tagged to protect them from machinery.
diagnose • The doctor diagnosed schizophrenia.
pinpoint • It was impossible to pinpoint the cause of death.
recollect • She spoke with warmth when she recollected the doctor who had treated her.
put your finger on (informal)
2 establishDictionary • Police have already identified around ten suspects.
establish • An autopsy was being done to establish the cause of death.
confirm • This confirms what I suspected all along.
finger (informal, mainly US)
demonstrate • You have to demonstrate that you are reliable.
certify • They have certified the document as genuine.
verify • The government has not verified any of these reports.
validate • The evidence has been validated by historians.
substantiate • There is little scientific evidence to substantiate the claims.
corroborate • I had access to a wide range of documents which corroborated the story.
3 determineDictionary • Having identified the problem, we now need to overcome it.
determine • The investigation will determine what really happened.
discover • As he discovered, she had a brilliant mind.
fix • He's fixed a time when I can see him.
ascertain • Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
make up your mind on
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ identify something or someone with something or someone
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ascertainIf you ascertain the truth about something, you find out what it is, especially by making a deliberate effort to do so.
• Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
suss (out) (slang),
suss (out) (slang),
certifyIf someone in an official position certifies something, they officially state that it is true.
• They have certified the document as genuine.
confirmIf something confirms what you believe, suspect, or fear, it shows that it is definitely true.
• This confirms what I suspected all along.
Thesaurus for identify from the Collins English Thesaurus
to prove or recognize as being a certain person or thing; determine the identity of
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