classified

adjective
clas·​si·​fied | \ ˈkla-sə-ˌfīd How to pronounce classified (audio) \

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 He was also asked about needing access to classified information as soon as possible if Trump doesn’t concede the race. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Biden moves forward without help from Trump's intel team; here's the next step," 12 Nov. 2020 He was also asked about needing access to classified information as soon as possible if Trump doesn’t concede the race. Deb Riechmann, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden moves forward without help from Trump’s intelligence team: ‘Our adversaries aren’t waiting for the transition to take place’," 12 Nov. 2020 Houlahan didn't disclose the source of the chatter about classified information, though the group had been discussing a Washington Post report that described concerns among intelligence veterans that Trump might disclose secrets once out of office. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Military veteran Democrat alarmed by chatter about Trump loyalists at Pentagon disclosing Russia secrets," 11 Nov. 2020 This was a system designed to evade State Department rules and regulations on which, on that server, ended up containing highly classified information — that’s important. — Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Biden raised $383 million in September, entering October with $432 million in the bank.," 14 Oct. 2020 As late as last November, the Justice Department demanded to know from the publisher of the forthcoming book whether the author had violated any confidentiality agreements related to classified information. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Miles Taylor, a Former Homeland Security Official, Reveals He Was ‘Anonymous’," 28 Oct. 2020 The idea is simple: Q supposedly learns of classified information, then leaks it online. Washington Post, "He’s a former QAnon believer. He doesn’t want to tell his story, but thinks it might help.," 24 Oct. 2020 In June, the online classified portal agreed to a buyout deal at about an $8.7 billion value, joining a slew of Chinese firms to ditch their U.S listings. Fortune, "From billion-dollar valuation to bust: Chinese tech unicorn now may be worth just over $1,000," 22 Oct. 2020 In June, the online classified portal agreed to a buyout deal at about an $8.7 billion value, joining a slew of Chinese firms to ditch their U.S listings. Bloomberg.com, "Former Chinese Tech Unicorn Could Now Sell For Just Over $1,000," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Online classifieds include VarageSale, letgo, Facebook Marketplace and 5miles. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Unemployed because of coronavirus? How to make money from home right away," 31 May 2020 Local classifieds apps – such as Craigslist, letgo, and Facebook Marketplace – are also a good sources to find a local deal (and not wait or pay for shipping). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Shop smarter this Black Friday and Cyber Monday with these smartphone apps and websites," 16 Nov. 2019 But the most striking takeaway, when looking at the old classifieds, is the incredible hassle of ticket transactions in 1982. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "‘Ask for Bud’: What the 49ers ticket market looked like in 1982," 9 Jan. 2020 Hitesh Oberoi, managing director and chief executive officer of online classifieds company Info Edge, told Quartz: Data scientists and data engineers are the two jobs that come to mind. Quartz India, "Hitesh Oberoi on the jobs that will define India’s future," 11 Feb. 2020 The local classifieds are the best evidence of the Anchorage chinchilla market downturn. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Chinchilla breeding boom reaches Anchorage: A history," 27 Jan. 2020 Looking in three days of San Francisco Chronicle classifieds before the NFC playoff game, $325 was the most expensive ticket. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "‘Ask for Bud’: What the 49ers ticket market looked like in 1982," 9 Jan. 2020 Visit the classifieds page and click on place an ad or call 214-745-8123. Dallas News, "Contact Us," 28 Aug. 2019 Bay Area crime rates were high in 1982, so the reasonable classifieds assumption was that any ticket priced below $75 was being sold by someone who wanted to participate in a kidnapping or robbery. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "‘Ask for Bud’: What the 49ers ticket market looked like in 1982," 9 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classified. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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classified

adjective
How to pronounce classified (audio)

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 How to pronounce classified (audio) \

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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