category

noun
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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An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl, would increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and its derivatives adding them to the same category as heroin. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 7 June 2019 The Treasury Department announced new rules for travel to Cuba, eliminating what had been a popular category for travelers: people-to-people group tours. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Escapes: On D-day, we remember the man who bore the weight of the world," 6 June 2019 Suicide threats were the largest category for May and the school year as a whole, followed by tips about drugs and bullying. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Safe2Tell tips about Colorado schools nearly double," 6 June 2019 There are eight different grading categories, including an IC (incorrect call), an MC (missed call) and an IM (incorrect mechanics). Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "The SEC Grapples With Officiating in the Age of Outrage," 5 June 2019 Hate speech and political extremism is the biggest category of complaints at YouTube. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "YouTube Finally Bans Supremacist Videos After 14 Years. What Took So Long?," 5 June 2019 In fact, Jones says there is no official Guinness record category for the journey. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "One of my tweets set off a cross-country electric car record attempt," 30 May 2019 There is one category where the Mark IV should have the new car beat: top speed. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Here's How Our 2020 Toyota Supra Test Numbers Compare to the 1993 Supra Turbo's," 15 May 2019 Nontransparent ETFs are a new category that will allow asset managers to actively manage a fund, as mutual-fund managers do, without having to disclose all of the fund’s investments every day. Bailey Mccann, WSJ, "What to Know About ‘Nontransparent’ ETFs," 5 May 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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category

noun

English Language Learners Definition of category

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

category

noun
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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