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 Throughout his career, Mr. Nash was a hard artist to categorize, a pop chameleon who kept a low public profile. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Johnny Nash, Who Sang ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’ Dies at 80," 7 Oct. 2020 In essence, posts from a balanced account will be shown more frequently and to a wider array of individuals across all algorithmic spectrums while the platforms attempt to categorize you. Christopher Seneca, Wired, "How to Break Out of Your Social Media Echo Chamber," 17 Sep. 2020 The committee also wants more information on the NLRB’s decision to hire a contractor to sort and categorize public comments on the joint-employer rulemaking process. Washington Post, "House Committee subpoenas labor board over conflict of interest questions," 15 Sep. 2020 Ideas for the Project’s major ads tend to come from the founders, who categorize their creative efforts by intention. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Inside the Lincoln Project’s War Room," 5 Oct. 2020 Due to the pandemic and the invisible threat of asymptomatic spreaders, people are learning how to categorize the uncomfortable feeling of being in crowds or seeing someone breaking the social norms of COVID-19, Barrett says. Philip Kiefer, National Geographic, "Will we ever trust crowds again?," 29 Sep. 2020 Sociologists and journalists have struggled to precisely categorize the shambolic conspiracy theory known as QAnon. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic," 29 Sep. 2020 These tools work to flag and categorize potentially harmful comments before a human can review them, helping to manage the workload and reduce the visibility of toxic content. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "To Clean Up Comments, Let AI Tell Users Their Words Are Trash," 22 Sep. 2020 Maricopa County uses three stoplight colors to categorize districts in its map using local COVID-19 data to help guide decisions to reopen for face-to-face instruction. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "More school districts buck state COVID-19 metrics in favor of fully reopening," 22 Sep. 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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Categorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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