classify

verb
clas·​si·​fy | \ ˈkla-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce classify (audio) \
classified; classifying

Definition of classify

transitive verb

1 : to arrange in classes (see class entry 1 sense 3) classifying books according to subject matter
2 : to consider (someone or something) as belonging to a particular group The movie is classified as a comedy. The vehicle is classified as a truck.

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Other Words from classify

classifiable \ ˌkla-​sə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce classifiable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of classify in a Sentence

Students will be learning about the ways scientists classify animals. The online system can classify books by subject.

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The projected cost to Uber if its drivers are classified as employees and not independent contractors in California, according to a Barclays analysis. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week," 16 June 2019 The Sheriff's Office labeled the incident battery on an officer, classified as a misdemeanor, and will be investigating with the Oakland Police Department. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Police: Raptors Executive Accused of Hitting Cop After Game 6," 14 June 2019 The agency has long maintained an SCIF on a separate floor from the administrator’s office, where officials with proper clearances can go to share information classified as secret. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "EPA chief’s $25,000 soundproof booth? It actually cost about $43,000," 14 Mar. 2018 Under those regulations, Kohn explains, groups of whistle-blowers can come forward anonymously and be classified as a single entity. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 The Russian space corporation, Roscosmos, has classified this as a handling error. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Scotland’s NIMBY problem, SpaceX test firing, Soyuz mishap," 2 Nov. 2018 The team had officially classified as losers since April 24. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers get back to .500 with 5-0 shutout of Pirates," 6 June 2018 National Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the tornado as an EF2, which is defined by winds speeds between 111 and 135 mph. Washington Post, "Milwaukee settles lawsuit over stop-and-frisk," 11 July 2018 National Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the tornado as an EF2, which is defined by winds speeds between 111 and 135 mph. CBS News, "Newborn baby killed, dozens injured when tornado strikes North Dakota city," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of classify

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for classify

see class entry 1

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The first known use of classify was in 1776

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classify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of classify

: to arrange (people or things) into groups based on ways that they are alike
: to consider (someone or something) as belonging to a particular group

classify

verb
clas·​si·​fy | \ ˈkla-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce classify (audio) \
classified; classifying

Kids Definition of classify

: to arrange in groups based on similarities Our librarians classify books by subject.

classify

transitive verb
clas·​si·​fy | \ ˈklas-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce classify (audio) \
classified; classifying

Medical Definition of classify

: to arrange in classes that have systematic relations usually founded on common properties how would you classify these animals

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