Etymology
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identify (v.)
1640s, "regard as the same," from French identifier, from identité (see identity). Sense of "determine the identity of, recognize as or prove to be the same" first recorded 1769. Meaning "make one (with), associate (oneself), regard oneself as being the essence of" is from 1780. Sense of "serve as means of identification" is attested by 1886. Related: Identified; identifying.
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identifier (n.)
"thing that identifies," 1870, agent noun from identify.
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identifiable (adj.)

"capable of being identified," 1804, from identify + -able. Related: Identifiably.

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unidentified (adj.)
1860, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of identify (v.).
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misidentify (v.)

"to identify wrongly, mistake in identifying," 1895, from mis- (1) "badly, wrongly" + identify. Related: Misidentified; misidentifying.

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identification (n.)
1640s, "treating of a thing as the same as another; act of making or proving to be the same," from French identification, probably from identifier (see identify). Psychological sense of "becoming or feeling oneself one with another" is from 1857. Meaning "act or process of determining the identity of something" is from 1859. Meaning "object or document which marks identity" is from 1947 (short for identification tag, card, etc.).
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pantheistic (adj.)

"of or pertaining to pantheism. tending to identify God with the universe," 1732, from pantheist + -ic.

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earmark (v.)
1590s, "to identify by an earmark," from earmark (n.). Meaning "to set aside money for a special purpose" is attested by 1868. Related: Earmarked; earmarking.
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bastardize (v.)
1610s, "to identify as a bastard," from bastard (q.v.) + -ize. The figurative sense, "to make degenerate, debase" is earlier (1580s), probably because bastard also was serving as a verb meaning "to declare illegitimate" (1540s). Related: Bastardized; bastardizing; bastardization.
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furry (adj.)
1670s, "made of fur, covered with fur," from fur + -y (2). As a noun, in reference to "anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities," also of people who identify with them, by 1995. Related: Furriness; furries.
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