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.

Other Words from categorize

categorization \ ˌka-​ti-​gə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce categorize (audio) \ noun
categorizable \ ˌka-​ti-​gə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce categorize (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.
Recent Examples on the Web This meant that Calderón could run a simple script to help categorize the charges into groupings. Karim Doumar, ProPublica, 20 Apr. 2022 When thinking about addressing these mindsets, consider how organizations could categorize employees into four groups based on their level of performance and alignment to organizational values. Carrie Penman, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 The bill also wants to categorize the heat waves into a simple numerical system. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 27 Feb. 2022 An enhanced risk is Level 3 out of the 5 levels the Storm Prediction Center uses to categorize severe weather risks. Leigh Morgan, al, 31 Dec. 2021 Apple uses on-device ML to categorize photos, for example, enabling smart searching for objects or people. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Researchers like Hong typically categorize consumer behavior as either profane—buying things that are ordinary and readily available—or sacred, driven by our personal values and a longing for deeper meaning. Kathryn Hymes, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 Some systems are optimized for problems that involve moving through physical space, as in self-driving cars or robotics; others categorize photos for you, identifying familiar faces or pets or vacation activities. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Others were difficult to categorize (CANCEL, WINDEX, PEEPER, DWARFY, TONSIL, SHHH). Emily Sweeney,, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Categorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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