identify-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: recognize, point out, distinguish

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[animate]] IDENTIFY NP2[patient] (ADVP[attributive])
NOTE: Includes reflexive objects, that is, NP1 and NP2 may refer to the same person.

The woman could not identify her assailant from the pictures the police showed her.
From this distance I can only clearly identify the Prudential building.
The children have to be able to identify the capital of each state.
We identified his brother as one of the fugitives.
The prisoner refused to identify any accomplices.
Russell Crowe was forced to identify himself to police during his morning paddle in a kayak yesterday.
Scientists believe they have identified a new species of dinosaur.
Cosmic background radiation was first identified by two engineers trying to reduce noise in telecommunications.
Cancer researchers have identified a gene that has a significant link to breast cancer.

VerbNet: characterize-29.2-1-1
FrameNet: Verification
PropBank: identify.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 5, 6

Sense Number 2: associate something with, consider equated with

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 IDENTIFY (NP2) PP{with NP} Must be used with "with", unless the "with NP3" is implied. See ex.3.

I couldn't identify at all with the heroine of this novel.
Bob identifies himself with the underdog.
It's an agonizing experience. I really can identify.
They need to identify better with their customer base.
Has large brain size been identified with greater intelligence?
The Cubist movement is identified with Picasso and Braque.
Our society tends to identify success with financial wealth.

VerbNet: empathize-88.2
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: identify.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4