classify

verb clas·si·fy \ ˈkla-sə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of classify

classified; classifying
transitive verb
1 :to arrange in classes (see 1class 3)
  • classifying books according to subject matter
2 :to consider (someone or something) as belonging to a particular group
  • The movie is classified as a comedy.
  • The vehicle is classified as a truck.

classifiable

play \ˌkla-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of classify in a Sentence

  1. Students will be learning about the ways scientists classify animals.

  2. The online system can classify books by subject.

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Origin and Etymology of classify

see 1class


CLASSIFY Defined for English Language Learners

classify

verb

Definition of classify for English Language Learners

  • : to arrange (people or things) into groups based on ways that they are alike

  • : to consider (someone or something) as belonging to a particular group


CLASSIFY Defined for Kids

classify

verb clas·si·fy \ ˈkla-sə-ˌfī \

Definition of classify for Students

classified; classifying
:to arrange in groups based on similarities
  • Our librarians classify books by subject.

Medical Dictionary

classify

transitive verb clas·si·fy \ ˈklas-ə-ˌfī \

medical Definition of classify

classified; classifying
:to arrange in classes that have systematic relations usually founded on common properties
  • how would you classify these animals


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