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[kat-i-guh-rahyz] /ˈkæt ɪ gəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), categorized, categorizing.
to arrange in categories or classes; classify.
to describe by labeling or giving a name to; characterize.
Also, especially British, categorise.
Origin of categorize
1695-1705; categor(y) + -ize
Related forms
[kat-i-gawr-ist, -gohr-] /ˈkæt ɪˌgɔr ɪst, -ˌgoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
categorization, noun
decategorization, noun
decategorize, verb (used with object), decategorized, decategorizing.
miscategorize, verb (used with object), miscategorized, miscategorizing.
miscategorized, adjective
recategorize, verb (used with object), recategorized, recategorizing.
subcategorization, noun
uncategorized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for categorization
  • From electric eels to seahorses, see the fish who defy usual categorization.
  • In these maps, hierarchy and categorization are visually and clearly defined.
  • The years on many books are wrong, along with their categorization.
  • Writer tells about the categorization of hurricanes.
  • The trick of course is drawing the line between that sort of common-sense triage and blanket categorization.
  • With that categorization comes expensive recovery programs, costly lawsuits and halted projects.
  • It suggests an intriguing and novel account of color categorization in infants.
  • Let's consider a second way to understand the gender difference in categorization.
  • Actually, this kind of social labeling or categorization is important from an epidemiological point of view.
  • Please work for individual diagnoses and treatment, not categorization.
British Dictionary definitions for categorization


(transitive) to place in a category; classify
Derived Forms
categorization, categorisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for categorization

1866, noun of action from categorize. Perhaps influenced by French catégorisation (1845).



1705, from category + -ize. Related: Categorized; categorizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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