Identity - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |aɪˈdentətɪ|  American pronunciation of the word identity
Brit.  |aɪˈdentɪtɪ|  British pronunciation of the word identity


- the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity (syn: individuality)
you can lose your identity when you join the army
- the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known
geneticists only recently discovered the identity of the gene that causes it
it was too dark to determine his identity
she guessed the identity of his lover
- an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates
the identity under numerical multiplication is 1
- exact sameness
they shared an identity of interests

Extra examples

The identity of the criminal is not known.

They produced their passports as proof of their identities.

They arrested the wrong man. It was a case of mistaken identity.

As children grow, they establish their own identities.

His art reflects his cultural identity.

His identity was being kept secret.

It was a case of mistaken identity. They mistook him for John.

The identity of the killer is still unknown.

He maintained he did not know the identity of the woman.

Why did she need to conceal her identity?

Police are trying to discover the identity of a baby found by the side of a road.

They will testify behind a screen in order to protect their identities.

She applied for a teaching job under a false identity.

One theory was that the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

Journalists should have to produce proof of identity.

Word forms

singular: identity
plural: identities
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