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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web No competitions can begin until Jan. 25 under the new guidelines, which categorize sports into the state’s four colored tiers — purple (widespread risk of coronavirus), red (substantial), orange (moderate) and yellow (minimal). Mitch Stephens,, "Coronavirus concerns push back return of high school sports to Jan. 25," 15 Dec. 2020 That’s forcing hospitals to categorize their workers based on best-guess distribution estimates, a task made even more complex for some systems by a patchwork state-by-state approach. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Big hospital systems develop plans for which health care workers will get COVID-19 vaccine first," 29 Nov. 2020 That's forcing hospitals to categorize their workers based on best-guess distribution estimates, a task made even more complex for some systems by a patchwork state-by-state approach. Angelica Lavito Bloomberg News, Star Tribune, "Hospitals race to set vaccine priorities for health care workers," 27 Nov. 2020 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new tier system to categorize areas around the country as his government continues to plan its next steps in combating the coronavirus pandemic. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Britain to introduce coronavirus three-tier regional system as England prepares to exit lockdown," 24 Nov. 2020 My 15-year-old son recently asked me to categorize HBO’s adaptation of author Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me—his poignant, poetic reflection on the glories and struggles of American Blackness. Drama? Miles Marshall Lewis, Essence, "Why 'Between The World And Me' Is An Absolute Must-See," 21 Nov. 2020 Companies looking for new ways to categorize users and tailor content are turning to a new tool: physical signals from the phone itself. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads," 18 Sep. 2020 In fact, selling products through eBay, being a ride-share driver or buying and selling real estate are all activities that might categorize you as a business. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "There are three top-notch Chase Ink business credit cards, but which one is best for you?," 11 Dec. 2020 California voters seemingly delight in being hard to categorize, said David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State University. John Wildermuth,, "California’s election surprise: Voters aligned with GOP, not Democrats, on many initiatives," 3 Dec. 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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31 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Categorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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