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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Without a law, the Conflicts of Interest Board released an advisory in 2017 that categorized donations to a legal-defense fund as gifts, which have a limit of $50 per person. Katie Honan, WSJ, "City Council Votes to Let Politicians Fundraise to Pay Legal Fees," 24 Jan. 2019 That would be due in part to a complex city tax structure that categorizes Square as a financial services company rather than an information services firm, among other reasons. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless," 7 Nov. 2018 But the final piece of the puzzle is how the human brain categorizes sound and language. Kalhan Rosenblatt /, NBC News, "Yanny or Laurel? Science explains why you're hearing one and not the other," 16 May 2018 Facebook had to build a new system that stored browsing data categorized at the user level. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago," 17 Dec. 2018 In 2018, Israel’s security services indicted 133 Jewish–Israelis for violent acts, five of which were categorized as terror attacks. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israeli Youths Detained in Palestinian Woman’s Killing," 6 Jan. 2019 And then there are the lumps and bumps associated with other skin issues (like rosacea, hormonal acne, and acne mechanica, which is caused by heat or friction on the skin) that resemble acne but aren't really categorized as such. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 The Dipsea library is an erotica-lover’s dream, categorized by moods and scenarios and tastefully curated according to common fantasies. Jessie Militare, Marie Claire, "The Future of Women-Friendly Erotica Is Audio Porn, According to This App," 26 Dec. 2018 Considered the ultimate medical audit, an autopsy can be categorized by five different rulings for cause of death: natural, accident, homicide, suicide, or undetermined. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 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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