Meaning of IDENTITY in English


n. (pl. -ies)

1. a the quality or condition of being a specified person or thing. b individuality, personality (felt he had lost his identity).

2 identification or the result of it (a case of mistaken identity; identity card).

3 the state of being the same in substance, nature, qualities, etc.; absolute sameness (no identity of interests between them).

4 Algebra a the equality of two expressions for all values of the quantities expressed by letters. b an equation expressing this, e.g. (x + 1)(2) x(2) + 2x + 1.

5 Math. a (in full identity element) an element in a set, left unchanged by any operation to it. b a transformation that leaves an object unchanged.

Phrases and idioms:

identity crisis a phase in which an individual feels a need to establish an identity in relation to society. identity parade identification parade.

Etymology: LL identitas f. L idem same

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.