cat·e·go·rize | \ ˈka-ti-gə-ˌrīz \
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 \ noun
categorizable \ˌka-ti-gə-ˈrī-zə-bəl \ 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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The two weeks she was hospitalized in Spain, Dunn said, were categorized by varying degrees of care. Caitlin Keating,, "Arizona College Student Paralyzed During Spain Vacation Opens Up About Her 'Living Nightmare'," 6 July 2018 Besides, trying to categorize players from different eras is like comparing apples and oranges. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "LeBron James is not the GOAT, and neither is Michael Jordan," 30 May 2018 And under its uses, Barr gives examples ranging from helping categorize an online photo collection, to security — visual surveillance, employee face/badge comparisons, etc. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Critics Ask Amazon to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Technology to Police," 23 May 2018 Currently, the Civilian Review Board can only review certain types of complaints, which are categorized and provided by the police department. Jessica Anderson,, "Panel reviewing police civilian oversight calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'," 13 July 2018 While the storm was still categorized as Tropical Depression 3 on Saturday, a man died when he was caught in rough surf on a North Carolina beach. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tropical Storm Chris expected to become hurricane, bring dangerous surf while staying off coast," 10 July 2018 The figure didn’t reflect the bonuses, which are categorized as a marketing cost. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "These Bank Customers Are Making a Bundle on Their Deposits," 22 June 2018 The children who are separated from their families are turned over to the US Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours and are categorized as unaccompanied minors who are eventually placed with sponsors. Danny Mcdonald,, "Mass. AG Healey joins suit challenging Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ border policy," 21 June 2018 The non-profit has created a catalog of courses from around the internet that are categorized for kindergartners to fifth graders, sixth through 12th graders grade K-5, and those in college or beyond. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "How can I help my children learn to code?," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of categorize

1705, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for categorize

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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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