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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Hurricanes that fall into categories 1 or 2 are still considered dangerous, the center says. CBS News, "Here's what the hurricane categories mean," 28 Aug. 2019 Using accelerometers -- a wearable device that tracks the volume and intensity of activity -- to measure total activity, intensity levels were separated into categories of light, moderate and vigorous. Allen Kim, CNN, "Want to avoid an early death? Get moving, a study says," 22 Aug. 2019 Roughly 544,000 people apply for green cards annually, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to the new review, according to the government. Sophia Tareen, BostonGlobe.com, "Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants," 18 Aug. 2019 Roughly 544,000 people apply for green cards annually, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to the new review, according to the government. Washington Post, "Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants," 18 Aug. 2019 In February, Goldman Sachs Research analysts sorted a century of U.S. recessions into five categories. oregonlive.com, "Here’s what the data say about how bad the next recession will be," 17 Aug. 2019 Roughly 544,000 people apply for green cards annually, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to the new review, according to the government. Sophia Tareen, The Denver Post, "Advocates already see fallout from immigration rule change," 17 Aug. 2019 Roughly 544,000 people apply for green cards annually, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to the new review, according to the government. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Doctors warn of fallout from new immigration rule," 17 Aug. 2019 The program is divided into three categories according to the number of people employed in the tri-county region: Small organizations have fewer than 125 employees in South Florida; midsize have 125-399; large have 400-plus. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Like your job? Nominate your employer as a Top Workplace in South Florida," 4 Aug. 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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