classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Definition of classification

1 : the act or process of classifying
2a : systematic arrangement in groups or categories according to established criteria specifically : taxonomy

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Other Words from classification

classificatory \ ˈkla-​sə-​fi-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce classificatory (audio) , kla-​ˈsi-​fə-​ How to pronounce classificatory (audio) , ˈkla-​sə-​fə-​ˌkā-​tə-​rē How to pronounce classificatory (audio) \ adjective

Examples of classification in a Sentence

the classification of new species job classifications for government workers
Recent Examples on the Web Other legal battles in California challenge the classification of workers of the on-demand food and grocery delivery companies. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "The $185 million campaign to keep Uber and Lyft drivers as contractors in California," 8 Oct. 2020 The higher the classification of the wine is, the greater the aging potential. Rachel King, Fortune, "Why right now is the time to start aging your wine collection," 4 Oct. 2020 The group — and co-founder Gavin McInnes — has pushed back against organizations that have deemed them a hate group, suing the SPLC over the classification. Washington Post, "The Proud Boys avoided violence in Portland, an attempt to make their group more palatable," 28 Sep. 2020 La Porte dropped to the 5A classification in the offseason, meaning for the foreseeable future, the game won’t be a district showdown. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "It may be non-district, but Deer Park, La Porte set for annual tussle," 25 Sep. 2020 The young man who was shot last month, 16-year-old Nathaniel Julies, was of mixed heritage, or, as it is still known, colored, a vestige of apartheid-era South Africa’s racial classification. Lynsey Chutel, New York Times, "‘Coloured Lives Matter’: A South African Police Shooting Like No Other," 21 Sep. 2020 With the win, St. Paul’s (6-0) was ranked fourth in the state in Class 5A and was seeded sixth for their first-ever appearance in the playoffs in Louisiana’s highest classification. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Farmer Flashback: Football in 2005 and 2020 have lots in common," 9 Sep. 2020 Throughout August, its theater, dance, cabaret, acrobatic and comic artists (plus performers that to some extent defy classification) can be enjoyed from your computer screen. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Musician Lisa Sanders on giving out ‘love and comfort’," 20 Aug. 2020 They Yellow Jackets have been one of the state’s most dominant teams since the seventh classification was added in 2014. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "McGill-Toolen seeking experience as it prepares for first season in Class 6A," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of classification

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of classification was in 1767

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15 Oct 2020

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“Classification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classification. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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classification

noun
How to pronounce classification (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of classification

: the act or process of putting people or things into groups based on ways that they are alike
: an arrangement of people or things into groups based on ways that they are alike

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Kids Definition of classification

1 : the act of arranging into groups of similar things
2 : an arrangement into groups of similar things a classification of plants

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌklas-(ə-)fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Medical Definition of classification

1 : the act or process of classifying
2 : systematic arrangement of animals and plants in groups or categories according to established criteria specifically : taxonomy sense 2

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classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion

Legal Definition of classification

: the act or method of distributing into a class or category according to characteristics also : a class or category determined by characteristics — see also suspect classification

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