re·​cat·​e·​go·​rize | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈka-ti-gə-ˌrīz How to pronounce recategorize (audio) \
recategorized; recategorizing; recategorizes

Definition of recategorize

transitive verb

: to put into a different category : reclassify recategorized the drug as a controlled substance Neptune is the eighth and furthest planet from the Sun, since Pluto was recategorized as a dwarf planet.— James L. Chen

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recategorization \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌka-​ti-​gə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce recategorization (audio) \ noun, plural recategorizations
Nye supported the recategorization of Pluto by the International Astronomical Union. Its makeup more closely matches a comet, he said. — Mark Bennett

First Known Use of recategorize

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Recategorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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