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.

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The share of independent contractors—which is how freelancers are typically classified—had shrunk since 2005. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Real Cure for Economic Insecurity," 16 Jan. 2019 The low pay problem is largely related to how drivers are classified. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "New York City passes nation’s first minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers," 5 Dec. 2018 As of September 2018, there are an estimated 22,000 public charging stations in the US and Canada that are classified as DC fast charging. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Electric cars still face a big hurdle: the charging system," 3 Oct. 2018 Someone leaked these memos which may be classified. Fox News, "Rosenstein pushes back against New York Times report," 21 Sep. 2018 Carbon analysis is based on the way plants process carbon dioxide: most agricultural products are classified as C3 plants, while tropical grasses are usually C4 plants. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environments," 7 June 2018 Although some details are classified, it was long assumed that the Air Force would salvo 4-5 GBIs per incoming warhead to ensure a successful intercept. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Claims Success in New Missile Defense Test," 26 Mar. 2019 But not all children who live in homes where food insecurity and financial instability are problems qualify for such lunches, as their parents or guardians might still bring in too much money to be classified as economically disadvantaged. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 These ingredients, in my opinion, are best classified as hydrating ingredients and can be used to make your skin look plumper...in the short-term. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Newborn" Cream Claims to Give Adults Baby-Soft Skin With a Surprising Ingredient," 29 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'classify.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of classify

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for classify

see class entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about classify

Statistics for classify

Last Updated

25 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for classify

The first known use of classify was in 1776

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for classify

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on classify

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for classify

Spanish Central: Translation of classify

Nglish: Translation of classify for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of classify for Arabic Speakers

Comments on classify

What made you want to look up classify? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!