Main meanings of id in English

: id1ID2


Pronunciation /ɪd/

Translate id into Spanish


  • The part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest.

    Compare with ego and superego

    ‘the conflict between the drives of the id and the demands of the cultural superego’
    • ‘People talked about psychoanalysis - ego and superego and ids and repressed early experiences.’
    • ‘It's just that some of us are better than others at letting our superegos muffle our whiny ids.’
    • ‘They've been listening to their ids for too long - their inner Sharons.’
    • ‘This is a fascinating - and at times unintentionally funny - look at egos in collision, ids on the rampage and lives in crisis.’
    • ‘Psychologists have long noticed that the combination of distance and pseudoanonymity on the Internet tends to unlock people's ids - hence all the flame wars, the UPPER CASE SHOUTING, and the rampant flirting in chat rooms.’
    unconscious mind, mind, imagination, inner self, innermost self, self, inner man, inner woman, psyche, ego, superego, id, true being, essential nature


1920s from Latin, literally ‘that’, translating German es. The term was first used in this sense by Freud, following use in a similar sense by his contemporary, Georg Groddeck.

Main meanings of ID in English

: id1ID2


Translate ID into Spanish


mass noun
  • Identification; identity.

    ‘they weren't carrying any ID’
    • ‘an ID card’
    ID, papers, identity papers, identification papers, bona fides, documents, credentials

verbverb IDs, verb IDing, verb ID'd, verb IDed

[with object]
  • 1 informal Establish the identity of.

    • ‘the Finnish authorities were able to ID him’
    • ‘Cops grilled the teen who lured Sandy to Plum Beach after they ID'd the youth through the victim's computer.’
    • ‘And they still don't know, in many cases, whether their loved one has been positively ID'd.’
    • ‘They were checking tattoo numbers and finally ID'd him and found out it was him.’
    • ‘Police found her body after the attack, but she was misidentified as a woman in her 20s and wasn't positively ID'd until Feb. 3.’
    • ‘The other, a 28-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and ID'd the suspects, who were busted that day and charged with assault, menacing and weapons possession.’
    • ‘Thanks to those sharp-eyed readers who correctly ID'd the Mt. Vernon tree as an American elm.’
    • ‘And it looks like the Alabama case actually might be a little bit stronger than the cases in Georgia, because we know that he was ID'd at the scene.’
    • ‘Frazier's grieving mother ID'd her daughter's body at the hospital - but not before performing a touching final act of respect to her child.’
    • ‘We know that his vehicle was ID'd, and that they captured it nearby.’
    • ‘Paramedics tried to cover him up so onlookers including a TV camera crew couldn't ID him, the Web site claimed.’
    • ‘He was beaten pretty badly and with the salt water ... well it took the dental records to be able to ID him.’
    • ‘We need to do everything we can to ID the source without giving him away.’
    1. 1.1Ask (someone) to show proof of their age or identity.
      ‘I got ID'd at the bar’
      • ‘I'm told she's 19 but I'm betting she gets ID'd all the time.’
      • ‘I got ID'd, passed over my license, was given raised brows by the doorman who told me I don't show my age (Yes!).’
      • ‘Since I haven't been ID'd for drinks since I was 17, I made a pretty fair assumption that I wouldn't need it.’
      • ‘If you're under 30, you get ID'd everywhere.’
      • ‘For some, this is simply the next step in identity cards: rather than be ID'd at a bar, you may have your wrist scanned for your birthdate.’
      • ‘I can be ID'd for alcohol one week while being a 40-year-old Donny Osmand fan in another.’
      • ‘So far this year, I've been ID'd at all the usual (clubs, bars) but also buying cigarettes, and a Stanley knife.’
      • ‘So I went to get a pack of Salem Lights and the woman does a double take at me to double check my age, so I lean across the counter and say, "Look I'll give you five bucks if you don't ID me".’
      • ‘Wetherspoons once randomly came and ID'd me as I was sat in their beer garden.’
      • ‘I came back right around 10:00, and at that point, they had two cops in the side stairwell ID'ing everybody coming back in.’
      • ‘I got ID'd four times going to get coffee yesterday, today they wouldn't even let me walk onto 51st today.’


  • Idaho (in official postal use).