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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 categorize
  • Elephants, he added, categorize each group of people differently.
  • Collect and categorize things, and use them to practice counting.
  • In the olden days, librarians were expected to use intuition to categorize books.
  • In my world the easiest way to categorize people is by headroom needs.
  • The terms nerd and geek were convenient shorthand used by other cliques to categorize us.
  • It would be much more efficient to be able to categorize contacts during the process of importing them.
  • Find a better way to categorize them, such as using subheadings to organize the information.
  • Everyone who opposes you is not automatically something you can categorize.
  • And to the extent that you consider slight preferences to be useful and valid, you can categorize yourself.
  • Scientists want to categorize these songs to try to understand what the animals are saying.
British Dictionary definitions for categorize


(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 categorize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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