classified

adjective
clas·si·fied | \ˈkla-sə-ˌfīd \

Definition of classified 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : divided into classes or placed in a class classified ads

2 : withheld from general circulation for reasons of national security classified information

classified

noun

Definition of classified (Entry 2 of 2)

: an advertisement grouped with others according to subject usually used in plural

Examples of classified in a Sentence

Adjective

The part of the report that includes classified information was removed before the report was made public.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Launched in 1971 by a group of Carleton College graduates as a free weekly, the Reader became known for its ambitious long-form journalism, arts news and offbeat classified ads. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Sun-Times sells Chicago Reader to Chicago Crusader publisher," 15 June 2018 This may seem like an ironic gift for a man who newspaper publishers once railed against as the destroyer of classified ads, a high-margin pillar in broadsheet and tabloid profits. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Craigslist Founder Donates $20 Million To Endow Journalism Program," 11 June 2018 Backpage allowed users to generate classified ads and personal ads to connect with others. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Backpage.com faces expanded lawsuit from anti-sex-trafficking group," 9 May 2018 First came the loss of classified ads to new competitors like Monster.com and Craigslist. George Rodrigue, cleveland.com, "Subscribers' role in local journalism is more vital today than ever before : George Rodrigue," 27 Apr. 2018 Ferrer wanted to move the classified ads from the New Times into cyberspace. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Backpage co-founder James Larkin released on $1M bond in Phoenix," 16 Apr. 2018 For four more years, Luke used the classified ads site to meet men before coming out and leaving the church in his twenties. Nash Jenkins, Time, "A New Bill Aims to Fight Sex Trafficking. But Critics Say It Goes Too Far," 27 Mar. 2018 Then he was required to publish intention of the change with a classified ad, which will run periodically over four weeks in The San Diego Union-Tribune. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man's metric name change aims to wake up America," 26 Mar. 2018 The online site, which features free classified ads for everything from jobs to housing to dump trucks, shut down its personals sections Friday for U.S. sites. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Craigslist ditches personals ads following passage of sex-trafficking law | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Earnings at Naspers were also boosted by improved profitability at some of the company’s e-commerce units, including online classifieds, payments and travel businesses. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Naspers Earnings Soar on Tencent Stake Sale," 22 June 2018 The one who reputedly killed newspapers' main revenue source, the classifieds. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Who murdered the newspaper business?," 12 June 2018 The couple met in 1992 through the old-school version of online dating: the classifieds. CBS News, "Were the murders of California teens the work of a serial killer?," 9 June 2018 For information on local classifieds and other HCN advertising, call (281) 378-1000. Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland community rallies around Israel," 31 May 2018 For information on local classifieds and other HCN advertising, call (281) 378-1000. Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland community rallies around Israel," 31 May 2018 For information on local classifieds and other HCN advertising, call (281) 378-1000. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "View: video of plays at the plate and game photo gallery in Clear Springs versus Deer Park HS baseba," 12 May 2018 Digital titans Facebook and Google have captured the majority of advertising that once supported local journalism, Craigslist has wreaked havoc on classifieds and free news outlets have proliferated online. Sarah Rankin, The Seattle Times, "Pulitzer honoree is latest to win after leaving journalism," 21 Apr. 2018 Digital titans Facebook and Google have captured the majority of advertising that once supported local journalism, Craigslist has wreaked havoc on classifieds and free news outlets have proliferated online. Washington Post, "Pulitzer honoree is latest to win after leaving journalism," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of classified

Adjective

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1952, in the meaning defined above

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classified

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of classified

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged in groups with similar things

: kept secret from all but a few people in the government

classified

noun

English Language Learners Definition of classified (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small advertisement that is grouped with others that are like it in a special section of a newspaper or magazine or on a Web site

classified

adjective
clas·si·fied | \ˈkla-sə-ˌfīd \

Kids Definition of classified

1 : arranged in groups with other similar things a classified advertisement

2 : kept secret from all but a few people in government classified information

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