1 sameness, oneness, unanimity, indistinguishability, agreement, accord, congruence:
Identity of purpose held them together under stress.
2 personality, individuality, distinctiveness, uniqueness, particularity, singularity:
Many who join the army lose their identity.
true | assumed, false
He was discovered living under an assumed identity in South America.
This is obviously a case of mistaken identity.
| new | common, corporate, cultural, national, personal, political, racial, sexual
VERB + IDENTITY
create, develop, establish, forge
They are still struggling to establish their identity as a political party. The company forged its own identity by producing specialist vehicles.
| give sb/sth
He felt that having a job gave him an identity.
| maintain, preserve
Many minority groups are struggling to maintain their cultural identity.
| lose | change
He changed his identity and moved abroad on his release from prison.
She was given a false passport and assumed a new identity.
| disclose, reveal
He refused to reveal the identity of his client.
| discover, find out | guess
It was easy to guess the identity of the thief.
| conceal, hide, keep secret, protect
Her voice was disguised to conceal her identity.
IDENTITY + NOUN
bracelet, tag | card, documents, papers | code | parade
The victim picked out her attacker in an identity parade.
The country suffered from an identity crisis for years after the civil war.
Scotland has never lost its identity as a separate nation.
proof of identity
The police officer asked him for proof of identity.
| a search for identity
His search for his cultural identity took him to where his parents were born.
| a sense of identity
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