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identify with

To associate something, someone, or oneself with a particular person, group, thing, or characteristic. A noun or pronoun can be used between "identify" and "with." I identify with the women on my mother's side of the family much more than those on my dad's side. I always identify the smell of pine needles with Christmastime. Because of the way you're dressed, the locals are going to identify you with the rest of the tourists.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

identify (oneself) with someone or something

to classify oneself with someone or something; to relate to someone or something; to see part of oneself represented in someone or something. I identify myself with the others. I identify with the birds and animals of the forest.
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identify someone or something with someone or something

to associate people and things, in any combination. I tend to identify Wally with big cars. We usually identify green with grass. We tend to identify big cars with greedy people.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

identify with

1. To associate or affiliate someone or something with someone or something else: The villagers did not trust us because they identified us with the foreigners who had looted their village years ago.
2. To understand or share the feelings of someone: I identify with children who have lost their parents because I am an orphan myself.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Disaster workers who had personally identified with the dead (noting, "It could have been me") or who had thought of them in regard to a family member ("It could have been my son") experienced fewer subsequent trauma-related problems, about the same number as their counterparts who had not identified in any way with victims, reports a team led by psychiatrist Robert J.
Nearly three-quarters of the original 54 volunteers said that they had identified with victims as friends, family, self, or in more than one of those ways.