Definition of categorize in English:


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transitive verb

(also British categorise)
[with object]
  • Place in a particular class or group.

    ‘odors have been categorized into only seven basic groups’
    • ‘Freight was categorised into seven classes, which were analysed using several variables.’
    • ‘He was found in possession of crack cocaine, which is categorized as a class A drug.’
    • ‘Students are now categorised by class as rigorously as nobles at the court of Louis XIV.’
    • ‘The Muslims in India are categorized into two distinct classes based on their origins.’
    • ‘It helps us sort through and categorize our mail, ensuring your suggestion isn't lost in the shuffle.’
    • ‘I decided that I need to categorise it in order to try to understand.’
    • ‘Everything is ranked, classed and categorised for easy digestion in a vain attempt to bring forth order from chaos.’
    • ‘These children from various pockets of the State have been categorised into seven groups.’
    • ‘LSI goes the other way round and first focuses on knowing and analyzing a document exhaustively before indexing or categorizing it.’
    • ‘We often make sense of other people by categorizing them into labels and boxes that we ourselves feel comfortable with.’
    • ‘Instead, Rolls lists and categorizes foods by their energy density.’
    • ‘The list is categorized and is a great reference when you are looking for help!’
    • ‘I forgot to mention in the last newsletter that I also use folders to categorize my files as well.’
    • ‘There are numerous ways to classify and categorize pain responses in people.’
    • ‘Several classifications are used to categorize individual apple trees.’
    • ‘One activity sheet requires a group of parents to categorise a list of sex words into polite, neutral, clinical and rude/offensive.’
    • ‘Feist falls into the ‘credible easy listening’ pigeonhole, if you must insist on categorising her music.’
    • ‘I can categorise the items on the list, which is good.’
    • ‘I notice that the Guardian's weekly listings guide now categorises Islington cinemas under ‘Central London’.’
    • ‘The DPRK formally categorizes its citizens into 51 classes.’
    classify, class, group, grade, rate, designate, label, tag, brand
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/ˈkadəɡəˌrīz/ /ˈkædəɡəˌraɪz/