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 One problem is the recent surge in the number of books, articles and research papers written by former officials with access to classified information. David Yaffe-bellany, Bloomberg.com, "Bolton Book Fight Shows Flaws in U.S. System to Protect Secrets," 27 June 2020 The superseding indictment does not add to the 18 charges accusing Assange of working with former Army private Chelsea Manning in 2010 to steal classified documents from the U.S. government. Washington Post, "Justice Department broadens case against Julian Assange," 25 June 2020 The Justice Department has already charged him with conspiring with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. USA TODAY, "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces new indictment in US," 24 June 2020 She was never criminally charged for violating laws related to the protection of classified information. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Should be in jail': Trump compares 'washed up Creepster' John Bolton to Hillary Clinton," 23 June 2020 Military studies performed in the 1950s classified CS as nonlethal. Kelsey D. Atherton, Scientific American, "What “Less Lethal” Weapons Actually Do," 23 June 2020 The White House is seeking to block the public release of Bolton’s book, saying it is being published without formal authorization that the manuscript was free of classified information. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Administration tries to oust US attorney investigating Trump allies, but he won’t go," 20 June 2020 The White House is seeking to block the public release of Bolton’s book, saying it is being published without formal authorization that the manuscript was free of classified information. Time, "As Justice Department Claims U.S. Attorney Investigating Trump Allies Is 'Stepping Down,' Attorney Refuses to Leave His Post," 20 June 2020 The government says there are at least six examples of classified information, including three that were flagged before Ellis' review. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Federal judge says of Bolton's book that the horse is already "out of the barn"," 19 June 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 9 Jul. 2020.

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classified

adjective
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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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