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IDENTITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does identity mean? 

IDENTITY (noun)
  The noun IDENTITY has 4 senses:

1. the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
2. the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known
3. an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates
4. exact sameness

  Familiarity information: IDENTITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IDENTITY (noun)


Sense 1identity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

identity; personal identity; individuality

Context example:

you can lose your identity when you join the army

Hypernyms ("identity" is a kind of...):

personality (the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "identity"):

gender identity (your identity as it is experienced with regard to your individuality as male or female; awareness normally begin in infancy and is reinforced during adolescence)

identification (the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons))

personhood (being a person)


Sense 2identity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("identity" is a kind of...):

identification; recognition (the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering)


Sense 3identity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

identity element; identity operator; identity

Context example:

the identity under numerical multiplication is 1

Hypernyms ("identity" is a kind of...):

operator ((mathematics) a symbol that represents a function from functions to functions)


Sense 4identity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exact sameness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

indistinguishability; identicalness; identity

Context example:

they shared an identity of interests

Hypernyms ("identity" is a kind of...):

sameness (the quality of being alike)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "identity"):

oneness; unity (the quality of being united into one)

selfsameness (the quality of being identical with itself)


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