classify

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verb clas·si·fy \ˈkla-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of classify

classified

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classifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arrange in classes (see 1class 3) classifying books according to subject matter

  3. 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.

classifiable

play \ˌkla-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of classify in a Sentence

  1. Students will be learning about the ways scientists classify animals.

  2. The online system can classify books by subject.

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Origin and Etymology of classify

see 1class


First Known Use: 1776


CLASSIFY Defined for English Language Learners

classify

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verb

Definition of classify for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

classify

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verb clas·si·fy \ˈkla-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of classify for Students

classified

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classifying

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


Medical Dictionary

classify

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transitive verb clas·si·fy \ˈklas-ə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of classify

classified

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classifying

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



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