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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Recent Examples on the Web Patients are often categorized in terms of risk; for example, some people are considered at-risk for diabetes. Alan C. Love, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Evaluating risk and medical treatment in the time of coronavirus," 7 May 2020 Everett's work isn't easily categorized, with his writing spanning nearly every conceivable genre, including crime, retellings of Greek mythology and Westerns. NBC News, "Percival Everett's 'Telephone' is a choose-your-own-adventure story without the choosing," 7 May 2020 The products in Stewart's Wayfair shop are categorized according to the aesthetic of her four residences. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "Martha Stewart's New Wayfair Shop Has Everything You Need to Upgrade Your Home," 20 Apr. 2020 Others, including the National Consumer Law Center, have asked the U.S. Treasury to categorize the checks as a federal benefit — like Social Security payments or Veterans Administration benefits — to protect them from garnishment. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Debt collectors are going after Americans' stimulus checks—and the CARES Act allows it," 16 Apr. 2020 The deaths were categorized as entrapment submersion if there was evidence that the victim was pinned underwater for a prolonged period of time. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "A New Theory for Unexplained Whitewater Deaths," 11 Apr. 2020 Of the 12 in total, 11 illustrations were categorized and included in the Library collections. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "Not All Cherry Blossoms Are the Same," 20 Mar. 2020 The violence marked the anniversary of a movement that remains difficult to categorize. Jess Mchugh, Fortune, "After a Violent ‘Yellow Vest’ Anniversary, What’s Next for the Movement?," 25 Nov. 2019 Support categorized as personal wellness support will benefit the United Memorial Medical Center, Bread of Life, Matthew 25, and others, the statement said. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Beyoncé and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey donate $6 million for African Americans’ mental health during the coronavirus pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Categorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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