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    Identify

    I have a question about the usage of the verb "identify" here:


    "Caleb Brown, who identifies as half-black, said he went to elementary and middle school with Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday."


    I checked several dictionaries and the closest usage pattern that fits the current example is "identify oneself as". The pattern "identify as" could not be found. So, is the example sentence in the article wrong?

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    Re: Identify

    It should either be 'identifies himself as' or 'was identified as'. 'Identify' needs an object.
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    Re: Identify

    Not true, Ted. There are intransitive uses of "identify". The original sentence is correct.

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    Re: Identify

    identify
    v.intr.
    3. To self-identify.
    ── quoted from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/identify

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