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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Recent Examples on the Web

In fact, more illnesses are believed to be associated with leafy vegetables—22 percent, to be precise—than with any other category of ingredient. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 There are three main types of injectables The first category consists of neuromodulators, which are used to weaken and paralyze the muscles in the face. Glamour, "8 Things You Should Know Before Getting Injectibles," 10 Apr. 2019 Like many Yeti products, the Rambler falls squarely in the want-but-don't-need category. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 24-Oz Yeti Rambler Was Made for Drinking a Big Beer Around the Campfire," 8 Apr. 2019 The strategy is working, Mr. Marcondes said, as seen in the company’s improvement in total share of the beer category since the first quarter of last year. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Miller Lite Brings the Bud Knight Back to Life (Sort of)," 20 Mar. 2019 WebAuthn supports two main categories of authentication: biometrics and hardware security tokens. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "WebAuthn: What you need to know about the future of the passwordless Web," 7 Mar. 2019 In those categories, aim for variety and seek out the following options, when available. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 This year's Entertainer of the Year category, one of the most esteemed awards, featured only male country singers. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Says She's Not 'Very Happy' With the Controversial ACM Nominations," 21 Feb. 2019 The requests are broken down into four categories — requests associated with specific device IDs, financial identifiers, Apple accounts, and emergencies. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Apple’s latest government transparency report came with a slick new website," 21 Dec. 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 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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