How to pronounce


Are you a non-native English speaker struggling to learn how to pronounce "identifying"? If so, you've come to the right place!

The word "identifying" can be broken down into sounds, which aid in its pronunciation for both British and American English speakers. Here are the IPA transcriptions for each:

  • American Pronunciation: /aɪˈdɛntɪˌfaɪɪŋ/
    • Begins with the /aɪ/ sound, similar to the word "eye," where the mouth opens wide and the tongue moves high and forward.
    • Followed by the /ˈdɛn/ part, with a short 'e' sound as in "bed," and the 'n' sound produced by pressing the tip of the tongue against the alveolar ridge.
    • The /tɪˌfaɪ/ segment involves a short 'i' sound as in "bit," followed by the 'fai' sound, which resembles the word "fie."
    • Ends with the /ɪŋ/ sound, a combination of a short, relaxed 'i' as in 'sit', and the 'ng' sound made by pressing the back of your tongue against the soft palate.
  • British Pronunciation: /aɪˈdɛntɪfaɪɪŋ/
    • The pronunciation is nearly identical to the American, with subtle differences primarily in the quality of the 'dɛn' and 'faɪ' sounds. The overall structure of /aɪ/, /ˈdɛn/, /tɪˌfaɪ/, /ɪŋ/ remains consistent across both accents.

Definition of


Identifying (verb): Present participle of "identify," meaning to establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is. It involves recognizing and naming a particular person or thing or determining the characteristics that distinguish them from others.

What does it mean


"Identifying" comes from "identify," which traces back to the Late Latin "identificare," combining "idem" (the same) and "facere" (to make), meaning "to make the same." Introduced into English in the 16th century, "identify" initially carried the sense of making one thing identical with another or regarding it as the same. Over time, its usage broadened to include the process of recognizing and categorizing individuals or things based on specific characteristics. The form "identifying" specifically refers to the action or process of applying this recognition or categorization.

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