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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Feeling categorized as an 'other' and misunderstood by society can break you down. Erika W. Smith,, "These Powerful Photos Show Trans Lives In America," 20 June 2019 Officials managing the massive Portland Building reconstruction categorized some spending as parts of other projects to avoid disclosing a 10 percent cost overrun, city auditors said in a report published Wednesday., "Portland Building renovation costs obscured by creative accounting, auditors say," 12 June 2019 The other category is the saver, which is how Murphy categorizes himself. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Pacer Troy Murphy living on Vegas strip helping the suddenly rich and not making a dime," 10 June 2019 But perhaps the greatest stumbling block in Dr. John’s career has been the fact that his all-embracing music cannot be easily categorized. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dr. John, dead at 77: Revisit our 2017 & 1989 interviews with Rock Hall of Famer," 7 June 2019 Solitary confinement is such a severe punishment that some psychologists categorize it as torture. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment Is Rising Around the World," 3 June 2019 No two equations are exactly alike, but Birkar has helped reveal that many can be neatly categorized into a small number of families. Quanta Magazine, "An Innovator Who Brings Order to an Infinitude of Equations," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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