cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce category (audio) \
plural categories

Definition of category

1 : any of several fundamental and distinct classes to which entities or concepts belong Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.
2 : a division within a system of classification She competed for the award in her age category.

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Examples of category in a Sentence

The cars belong to the same category. Taxpayers fall into one of several categories. She competed for the award in her age category.
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Recent Examples on the Web The category is broad, encompassing a range of traditional techniques, mostly originating in France and Italy. Coral Sisk,, "Cloudy, funky sparkling wines are all the rage. But will you enjoy them?," 27 Nov. 2019 One category of small farmers is thriving in the current marketplace: organic farms who can charge a premium for their crops and who can sell them locally. Alana Semuels / Fremont, Time, "'They're Trying to Wipe Us Off the Map.' Small American Farmers Are Nearing Extinction," 27 Nov. 2019 The other main category are cards issued by Visa, MasterCard and other payment networks. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Holiday shopping for 2019? Here are this year's trends," 26 Nov. 2019 Leading the night’s awards categories was Post Malone, who earned the most nods with seven nominations, including artist of the year, collaboration of the year and favorite male artist – pop/pock. Karen Mizoguchi,, "American Music Awards 2019: See the Full List of Winners," 24 Nov. 2019 That category is a decent perimeter tripwire when looking for teams undervalued or overvalued by the public. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Colorado State-Wyoming odds: Host Cowboys touchdown faves," 21 Nov. 2019 The high-risk four-plus category is nearly twice as likely to have coronary heart disease. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Childhood trauma in the U.S. is a 'public health crisis' linked to myriad social problems, CDC study reports," 20 Nov. 2019 One category that jumps out is how many rushing touchdowns the Dawgs have allowed this year. Charles Hollis, al, "Auburn defense, a loud Jordan-Hare problem for Georgia," 15 Nov. 2019 One revenue category that showed a big increase was tariffs on imports, which totaled $8 billion, up 39% from a year ago. Martin Crutsinger, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. budget deficit surges to $134.5 billion in October," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of category

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for category

Late Latin categoria, from Greek katēgoria predication, category, from katēgorein to accuse, affirm, predicate, from kata- + agora public assembly, from ageirein to gather

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The first known use of category was in 1588

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9 Dec 2019

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“Category.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce category (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of category

: a group of people or things that are similar in some way


cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce category (audio) \
plural categories

Kids Definition of category

: a basic division or grouping of things He competed in the junior category.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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