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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In our particular category, there’s probably $30 billion to $40 billion or $50 billion being spent every year on all of this technology, but in this customer’s data center. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 2018 These Sacramento Valley and Lake Tahoe breweries all took home gold, silver or bronze medals in their respective categories. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Urban Roots, Crooked Lane win gold at the U.S. Open Beer Championship," 10 July 2018 Pizza Hut had the largest gain in its ACSI category with a 5 percent jump to 80 in customer satisfaction. Dixita Limbachia, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain has diners clucking in new quality survey," 5 July 2018 In 2016, for example, FNIH listed eight donors who each gave more than $2.5 million, its top category. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "U.S. lawmakers want NIH and CDC foundations to say more about donors," 29 June 2018 The list includes cities such as Rockford, which ranked No. 1, Decatur and Springfield, while Chicago is separated into its own category due to its size. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park among top communities in 2017 for DUI arrests, according to survey," 29 June 2018 This change at the Recording Academy mirrors that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which in 2009 expanded its best-picture category to 10 films instead of 5. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "The Grammys Mimic the Oscars to Try to Get Better Nominees," 26 June 2018 Generally, cruise lines charge higher prices for ocean view rooms and relegate interior cabins to their lowest-price categories. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Want to sail alone? Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line waives surcharge for solo travelers," 21 June 2018 At the end of the month, the Rosenberg native will compete against thousands of other students from across the United States in hopes of bringing home a gold medal in his category: Job Skills Presentation. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "TSTC’s newest campus sends first SkillsUSA competitor to nationals," 15 June 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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