re·​clas·​si·​fy (ˌ)rē-ˈkla-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce reclassify (audio)
reclassified; reclassifying; reclassifies

transitive verb

: to move from one class, classification, or category to another : to classify again
… in the 1980s, amphetamines were reclassified as controlled substances, which restricted their availability.Stephen Rae
reclassify the product to boost sales

Examples of reclassify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That could change soon, though, as the U.S Department of Justice recently proposed reclassifying marijuana. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 That’s largely why Trump and his allies were so hell-bent on reclassifying all civil servants as at-will employees—and why the Biden administration’s preemptive move to impede any such reclassification was widely hailed by those alarmed by the prospects of a second Trump presidency. Jon D. Michaels, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Broadband classified as telecommunications The FCC's net neutrality order reclassified broadband as telecommunications, which makes Internet service subject to common-carrier regulations under Title II. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 4 June 2024 More:Biden moves to reclassify marijuana as less dangerous. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for reclassify 

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reclassify was in 1837

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“Reclassify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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