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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The Academy Awards categorize actors according to their gender. Leora Tanenbaum, Teen Vogue, "Why Women So Often Go Along With Slut Shaming," 19 Mar. 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 The new approach follows weeks of criticism from publishers who argued that Facebook’s decision to categorize promotion of their news articles as political content would serve to further confuse readers about what is fact and what is opinion. Naomi Nix,, "Facebook Retools Political Ad Rules After Media Blowback," 27 June 2018 Companies such as Morningstar also decide whether to categorize a fund as an ESG fund based its criteria as well. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "ESG funds: What you need to know about socially responsible investing," 13 June 2018 However, an extremely small minority of tinnitus cases can be categorized as objective, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019

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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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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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