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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Such features, categorized as Level 2 systems, are different from autonomous systems being developed by Waymo and others, which are considered Level 4 and 5 systems and do not require driver input. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Waymo will add up to 62,000 FCA minivans to self-driving fleet," 31 May 2018 Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorized as yellow condition. Tassanee Vejpongsa,, "Forecast of heavy rain could complicate Thai cave rescue," 3 July 2018 Forty-three percent of women categorize their vote as making this statement, compared to 25 percent of men. Li Zhou, Vox, "The midterm elections are shaping up to have a giant gender gap," 2 July 2018 Yet unlike voters in other parts of Mexico, those in Baja California have proven unusually independent, and difficult to categorize. Sandra Dibble,, "Will Baja California help push Lopez Obrador to the top as Mexico's next president?," 24 June 2018 Scientists could also categorize cells based on structure, but that unwieldy approach typically involves human experts peering through microscopes, which is much slower and does not enable many cells to be analyzed at once. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "“Ghost” Cytometry May Improve Cancer Detection, Enable New Experiments," 14 June 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'categorize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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