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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Recent Examples on the Web Lemont High School freshman Avary Blazevich placed fourth in the Info Graphics category at the 2021 IHSA Journalism State Finals, which were contested virtually this spring. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2021 In comparison, Spanish cities Barcelona and Madrid performed well in the healthcare category, gaining almost 25 points due to their health systems experiencing less strain when compared with the early wave of Covid-19 in 2020. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 8 June 2021 Glaser sees many avenues for Grabango to grow both in the same category through international expansion and also into different retail categories. Rebecca Szkutak, Forbes, 7 June 2021 According to Guinness World Records, Derreumaux is part of a team that holds the record for the fastest row on the Mid-Pacific east-to-west route in the Classic Four category. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 7 June 2021 May Destroy You, which also triumphed in the Mini-Series category. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 6 June 2021 The state with the highest level of transmission was Wyoming, in the orange substantial category with 83.6 total new cases per 100,000 in the past seven days, and a 7-day positive test rate from 3% to 4.9%. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 In 1985, Silver became the first winner in an R&B category at the Junos. Paul Grein, Billboard, 6 June 2021 By comparison, 54% of white residents in that age category, 53% of Native Americans and 70% of Asian Americans have received at least one shot. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Category.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/category. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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