category

noun
cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē \
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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The staff favorite in this category is Science Fair, which our esteemed Jay Timmer reviewed from his relevant perspective as Ars' Senior Science Editor. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 To compile our list of the best humidifiers, The Good Housekeeping Institute identified five great picks based upon our categorical knowledge in this category. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 Though the selections are limited right now, this appears to be her first step towards launching more clothes in this size category. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Why Serena Williams Is Using This Word to Describe Her Latest Collection Instead of "Plus Size"," 10 Dec. 2018 The WD Blue 3D NAND, meanwhile, is one of our runners-up in the same category as the 860 EVO. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Two of our favorite SSDs are cheaper than ever today," 2 Oct. 2018 Strzok falls in the same category as McCabe and Comey. Fox News, "Controversy over the ousters of Omarosa, Strzok," 14 Aug. 2018 As a result, women have simply been underserved in this category, and women’s shaving products not only lack innovation but also cost more for no logical reason. Georgina Gooley, Time, "How the Founder of Billie Razors Is Disrupting the Male-Dominated Shaving Industry," 12 July 2018 Size-wise, Brava falls into the same category as the June countertop oven, a $1,495 convection oven that uses carbon fiber heating elements that are designed to heat up quickly. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018 Between 1950 and 2009, 70% of the Justices fell into this category. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "One Thing Trump Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Won't Change Is the Supreme Court's Harvard-Yale Monopoly," 10 July 2018

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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 \
plural categories

Kids Definition of category

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

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