classified

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adjective

clas·​si·​fied ˈkla-sə-ˌfīd How to pronounce classified (audio)
1
: divided into classes or placed in a class
classified ads
2
: withheld from general circulation for reasons of national security
classified information

classified

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noun

: 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
Go over special counsel Robert Hur’s report into Biden’s unauthorized removal of classified documents. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 8 June 2024 That was before he was indicted in two federal cases charging him with mishandling classified documents and trying to overturn the 2020 election and in a state case for allegedly trying to overturn the election results in Georgia. Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune, 6 June 2024
Noun
Our classifieds pages are a great way to share community bulletins, free of charge. Staff, Miami Herald, 4 June 2024 By then, Craigslist had begun its takeover of newspapers’ classifieds revenue; by the mid-two-thousands, newspapers were losing money on an Internet where information was increasingly free and ads had moved elsewhere. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for classified 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of classified was in 1789

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“Classified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classified. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

classified

1 of 2 adjective
clas·​si·​fied ˈklas-ə-ˌfīd How to pronounce classified (audio)
1
: divided into classes or placed in a class
classified ads
2
: withheld from the knowledge of the general public for reasons of national security
classified information

classified

2 of 2 noun
: an advertisement grouped with others of the same kind
usually used in plural
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