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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In other words, the brain is literally wired to react to sound and categorize it. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Jingles All the Way: How Sonic Branding Is Helping Companies Get Heard in the Voice Computing Age," 7 Sep. 2019 Brigitte’s job in the lab that summer was simple: listen to moments of silence and categorize them. Michael Erard, Quartz, "How a doctor and a linguist are using AI to better talk to dying patients," 3 Sep. 2019 Last year, more than 260,000, or about 16% of Ohio students missed 18 or more days, categorizing them as chronically absent. Robin Goist,, "Cleveland Browns Foundation launches statewide initiative to improve school attendance," 2 Aug. 2019 Many commenting on the situation have categorized it as a conflict between science and culture. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019 Though Masai giraffes aren’t widely recognized as a unique species, Fennessy says categorizing them as their own could reap more conservation benefits. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Masai giraffes declared endangered," 12 July 2019 For Nazifa Hashemi, 58, who is contributing to the films’ restoration by analyzing and categorizing their content, watching these familiar scenes can evoke painful memories. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "The Taliban decimated Afghanistan’s film industry. This is what survived.," 27 Aug. 2019 Many home buyers in the area are looking for a second or third vacation home with 70 percent of vacant units categorized for seasonal and recreational use. Shelly Hagan And Wei Lu,, "These are the best places to own a vacation home in the US," 27 Aug. 2019 Pancakes will remain only a term for categorizing adept run blocking and not serve as a pregame tailgate meal in the Pac-12, at least for the 2019 football season. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Pac-12 will not have 9 a.m. kickoffs in 2019," 22 Aug. 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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