category

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noun cat·e·go·ry \ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē\

Definition of category

plural

categories

  1. 1 :  any of several fundamental and distinct classes to which entities or concepts belong Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.

  2. 2 :  a division within a system of classification She competed for the award in her age category.

Examples of category in a Sentence

  1. The cars belong to the same category.

  2. Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.

  3. She competed for the award in her age category.

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Origin and Etymology of category

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


CATEGORY Defined for English Language Learners

category

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Definition of category for English Language Learners

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


CATEGORY Defined for Kids

category

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noun cat·e·go·ry \ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē\

Definition of category for Students

plural

categories

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



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