categorize

verb
cat·​e·​go·​rize | \ ˈka-ti-gə-ˌrīz How to pronounce categorize (audio) \
categorized; categorizing

Definition of categorize

transitive verb

: to put into a category : classify Birds are categorized by type in this field manual.

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Other Words from categorize

categorization \ ˌka-​ti-​gə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce categorization (audio) \ noun
categorizable \ ˌka-​ti-​gə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce categorizable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of categorize in a Sentence

This software lets you categorize your photographs in many different ways. Their opinions can be categorized as conservative. Birds are categorized by type in this field guide.
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Approximately 120,000 words comprise the SpellPundit catalog and are categorized into sets based on factors such as difficulty. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Spring teens’ website takes off in competitive spelling community," 14 June 2019 The sheriffs and others in the brief argued that magazines that hold 20 or 30 rounds should be categorized as standard magazines because they are commonly included in the sale of firearms by default. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "30 Colorado sheriffs join opposition to gun magazine ban facing challenge in state Supreme Court," 6 June 2019 In February 2019, a group of researchers introduced a new system to classify the strength of these atmospheric rivers, sort of like the way hurricanes are categorized with the Safford-Simpson scale. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "‘Rivers in the sky’ are why California is flooding," 1 Mar. 2019 The concept is being launched at a time when young consumers are more likely than ever to be aware of gender fluidity and less likely to categorize products as just for men or just for women. Jena Mcgregor, Washington Post, "Four women’s soccer stars have a new goal: Building a gender-neutral lifestyle business," 3 June 2019 The lifestyles—inspired by her four gorgeous residences—will provide a framework for categorizing the vast array of products that the Martha Stewart brand has to offer. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "You Can Now Live Like Martha Stewart With Her New Lifestyle Lines," 21 Mar. 2019 The agency advised the Commerce Department to exclude requests for products that officials said didn’t match up properly with the complex system of codes the government uses to categorize imports. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Tariff Exclusions for Certain Steel Imports Sow Confusion," 2 Jan. 2019 Vector is a surprisingly hard gadget to categorize. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out," 8 Aug. 2018 These descriptions shrink the breadth of Hall’s work—as most attempts to categorize a poet inevitably do. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of categorize

1705, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for categorize

see category

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The first known use of categorize was in 1705

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categorize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of categorize

: to put (someone or something) into a group of similar people or things : to put (people or things) into categories

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