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 Generally, police categorize neck restraints in two ways: the stranglehold and the chokehold. USA Today, "Cities and states across the US announce police reform following demands for change," 18 June 2020 For videos users do seem to like, the For You page algorithm also looks at other elements, like the song clips, hashtags, and captions, to categorize them and then recommend more videos like it. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Tiktok Finally Explains How the ‘For You’ Algorithm Works," 18 June 2020 The tests measure the strength of associations between different concepts (black faces, white faces) and evaluations (good, bad) by asking test-takers to categorize words or images by pressing certain computer keys. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Can implicit bias training help cops overcome racism?," 16 June 2020 Never mind that Antifa is a loose, leaderless coalition of activists fighting white supremacy and neo-Nazism, and that no legal statute could categorize it as a terrorist group. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why extreme actions shouldn’t delegitimize a protest," 3 June 2020 Photo apps use them to recognize and categorize recurrent faces in your collection. Quanta Magazine, "Symbolic Mathematics Finally Yields to Neural Networks," 20 May 2020 The industry returned to its reliance on immigrant labor, which had categorized its earliest days, Horowitz said, starting with people from Latin America and more recently shifting to refugees, especially from Africa. USA Today, "Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.," 22 May 2020 Zoning for the 91-acre site is categorized in three areas that permit a mix of residential and commercial uses, according to Ambrose. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Developer seeks to modify zoning of former GM stamping plant in Indianapolis," 22 May 2020 Some people like to arrange alphabetically, while others categorize by type (peppers, warm baking spices, aromatics, herbs, all the rest), area of the world, or frequency of use. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "6 Rules For Setting Up Your Spice Drawer," 18 May 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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22 Jun 2020

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“Categorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 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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