sub·​cat·​e·​go·​ri·​za·​tion ˌsəb-ˌka-ti-gə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce subcategorization (audio)
plural subcategorizations
: the act of categorizing something or the state of being categorized at a lower or secondary level : a secondary categorization
A neophyte … could still arrive at the same wine in their glass using a different methodology. Thanks to [Paolo] Meregalli's clever subcategorization by flavor, mouthfeel, and descriptions, what could be a bewildering list for newbies is easy to navigate.Lauren Mowery
subcategorize transitive verb
subcategorized; subcategorizing
populations categorized by language and subcategorized by dialect

Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcategorization was in 1948

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“Subcategorization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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