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



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 The move comes after a pair of meetings in October resulted in new deals with teachers, classified staff, central office staff and various administrators. cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 Online classified sites – like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and Canada's Kijiji – have also been busier during the pandemic, for both new and previously owned items, but guarantees are a rarity on these platforms. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2021 More often, civilian deaths are undercounted even in classified reports. New York Times, 13 Nov. 2021 The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, declined to answer questions regarding the content of this additional and classified information, or whether it was obtained with NSO spyware., 8 Nov. 2021 The 50-year-old Australian is wanted in the United States on 18 criminal charges, including breaking a spying law, after his group published thousands of secret classified files and diplomatic cables in 2010. NBC News, 27 Oct. 2021 There could, of course, be elements of the executive branch’s response to the assault on the Capitol that might arguably be privileged, such as classified security procedures. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2021 The board approved pay increases for confidential employees, certificated and classified leadership employees, associate superintendents and the superintendent of 3.75 percent retroactive to July 1, 2021, and a one-time payment of $1,500. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2021 Such was more or less the case of navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, who passed on copious classified secrets to Israel. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Online classifieds include VarageSale, letgo, Facebook Marketplace and 5miles. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 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, 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,, 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, 11 Feb. 2020 The local classifieds are the best evidence of the Anchorage chinchilla market downturn. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 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,, 9 Jan. 2020 Visit the classifieds page and click on place an ad or call 214-745-8123. Dallas News, 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,, 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of classified


1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Classified.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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



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


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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