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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WebAuthn supports two main categories of authentication: biometrics and hardware security tokens. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "WebAuthn: What you need to know about the future of the passwordless Web," 7 Mar. 2019 In those categories, aim for variety and seek out the following options, when available. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 This year's Entertainer of the Year category, one of the most esteemed awards, featured only male country singers. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Says She's Not 'Very Happy' With the Controversial ACM Nominations," 21 Feb. 2019 The requests are broken down into four categories — requests associated with specific device IDs, financial identifiers, Apple accounts, and emergencies. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Apple’s latest government transparency report came with a slick new website," 21 Dec. 2018 Despite the noted prevalence of more women nominees, artists including Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and the Carters are absent from many major categories, USA Today pointed out. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Grammys 2019 Nominations Include Multiple Nods for Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa," 7 Dec. 2018 There are nine action categories, and the towns must complete one action in each. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Sustainable CT: A Helping Hand To Vibrant Communities," 10 July 2018 To arrive at the services rankings, WalletHub examines six categories: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure and pollution. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Congratulations, Nampa and Boise. You're among the 'best-run cities' in America.," 9 July 2018 The area with the highest average ranking among the five categories was determined to be the hottest labor market.... WSJ, "Where the Jobs Are," 1 Mar. 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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