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 All four were categorized as EF-1 tornadoes, and touched down in Nacogdoches, Tatum, Center and Rusk. Dallas News, "7 tornadoes confirmed across Texas from Friday night’s severe weather outbreak," 13 Jan. 2020 Miller-Brown already had multiple sales under her belt by 11 a.m., though her wares are difficult to categorize. cleveland, "Vintage Market Days continues at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds throughout the weekend," 26 Oct. 2019 In his signing statement, Newsom alluded cryptically to what may be an Achilles’ heel in the legislation: the fact that, however California regards its 200,000-plus gig workers, the federal government still categorizes them as freelancers. Judy Lin, The Mercury News, "Labor had a banner year in California — now will workers unionize?," 21 Sep. 2019 The skateboarder and vehicle incidents were categorized as criminal mischief by the sheriff’s office. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Impact Church of The Woodlands members are concerned about rise of vandalism on property," 14 June 2019 Rice typically is categorized according to shape and size as long-, medium- or short-grain. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "A better pot of rice is within your reach | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 Nielsen reports that 42% of all vinyl albums sold in the week ending Nov. 28 were purchased through mass merchant stores, of which Target and Walmart are both categorized. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Target & Walmart Help Propel Vinyl Album Sales to Blockbuster Week," 2 Dec. 2019 Last week, there was one such tweet that could be categorized as both. Mark Heim |, al, "Damien Harris claps back at Jalen Hurts troll after Oklahoma beats Texas," 13 Oct. 2019 In early 2017, Bay Area Finance, Inc. was dissolved, and replaced by Fantasy & Desires, which was categorized as a nonprofit headed by the same shop owner, records show. George Kelly, The Mercury News, "Suspected sex toy shop arsonist had been recently evicted from building: authorities," 15 Sep. 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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Categorize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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