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 Hurricanes are categorized on five levels, 1 being the mildest, 5 being the most dangerous, on a scale called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Janet Pickel |, oregonlive, "What is a Category 5 storm? Hurricane Dorian’s wind speed tops 200 mph," 31 Aug. 2019 Varieties of jamón ibérico are categorized according to the pig's lineage and diet during its final months, ranging from all acorn to grain or a combination of the two. Dallas News, "Spain's famous Jamón Ibérico store chooses Dallas for its first U.S. location," 21 Aug. 2019 The tiger is India’s national animal and it is categorized as endangered under the Wildlife Protection Act. Ashok Sharma,, "India’s tiger population rises to nearly 3,000," 29 July 2019 Profitable social impact Given the human impact of their work, health-tech startups are often categorized as social enterprises and are expected to seek early funding mainly from grant and donor sources. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Startups trying to fix Nigeria’s broken healthcare system are winning global investor interest," 10 July 2019 At the most fundamental level, the Bankruptcy Code creates an estate to collect all assets in one place, identify and categorize claims against the debtor in terms of priority and then distribute the assets accordingly. Lindsey Simon, The Conversation, "How corporate bankruptcy works," 12 Sep. 2019 To foster such data-sharing, a coalition of tech giants — including Amazon, Google and Microsoft — has committed to using common standards to categorize and format health information. New York Times, "Getting Your Medical Records Through an App? There’s a Catch. And a Fight.," 3 Sep. 2019 Over the past 48 hours, Hurricane Dorian has caused major destruction through the Bahamas as it has been categorized as a Level 5 storm. al, "Trump: ‘Bad people’ distorted Alabama Hurricane Dorian comments," 3 Sep. 2019 If any problems were noted during the inspections, they were categorized as either major or minor issues. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll school system inspects hundreds of buses, asks drivers to heed safety advice," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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27 Oct 2019

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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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