category

noun
cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce category (audio) \
plural categories

Definition of category

1 : any of several fundamental and distinct classes to which entities or concepts belong Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.
2 : a division within a system of classification She competed for the award in her age category.

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Examples of category in a Sentence

The cars belong to the same category. Taxpayers fall into one of several categories. She competed for the award in her age category.
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In February, Goldman Sachs Research analysts sorted a century of U.S. recessions into five categories. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "A recession will come. How bad will it be?," 16 Aug. 2019 Potatoes, or Solanum tuberosum, generally fall into three categories: high-starch, low-starch and all-purpose. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 Pitchers’ reactions have fallen into one category, the one Tanner Rainey employed Monday night: Head down, eyes toward the plate, never giving the baseball the respect of even the slightest glance. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: What a show Aristides Aquino is putting on for the Cincinnati Reds," 13 Aug. 2019 The Osmo Action is a legitimate GoPro competitor, despite being DJI’s first entry into the category. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s Osmo Mobile 3 is lighter, smaller, and folds up," 13 Aug. 2019 On average, 544,000 people apply annually for green cards, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to this review, according to the government. Colleen Long, BostonGlobe.com, "New Trump administration rules can deny green cards for immigrants on food stamps," 12 Aug. 2019 On average, 544,000 people apply for green cards every year, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to the new review, according to the government. Jill Colvin, Twin Cities, "New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants," 12 Aug. 2019 On average, 544,000 people apply annually for green cards, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to this review, according to the government. Colleen Long, chicagotribune.com, "Trump targets legal immigration with new rules that could deny green cards to immigrants on food stamps, other aid," 12 Aug. 2019 Grouping all people 65 to 100 into one category is arbitrary and doesn’t show the diversity that exists among older adults. Hermine Saunders, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Saunders: Plenty of time to make our age number valuable and our lives meaningful," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of category

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for category

Late Latin categoria, from Greek katēgoria predication, category, from katēgorein to accuse, affirm, predicate, from kata- + agora public assembly, from ageirein to gather

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The first known use of category was in 1588

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category

noun

English Language Learners Definition of category

: a group of people or things that are similar in some way

category

noun
cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce category (audio) \
plural categories

Kids Definition of category

: a basic division or grouping of things He competed in the junior category.

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