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classify

[klas-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), clas·si·fied, clas·si·fy·ing.
  1. to arrange or organize by classes; order according to class.
  2. to assign a classification to (information, a document, etc.).Compare classification(def 5).
  3. to limit the availability of (information, a document, etc.) to authorized persons.

Origin of classify

1790–1800; < Latin classi(s) class + -fy
Related formsclas·si·fi·a·ble, adjectivemis·clas·si·fy, verb (used with object), mis·clas·si·fied, mis·clas·si·fy·ing.non·clas·si·fi·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·clas·si·fy, verb (used with object), o·ver·clas·si·fied, o·ver·clas·si·fy·ing.pre·clas·si·fy, verb (used with object), pre·clas·si·fied, pre·clas·si·fy·ing.un·clas·si·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·clas·si·fi·a·ble·ness, nounun·clas·si·fi·a·bly, adverbun·clas·si·fy·ing, adjective

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1. class, rank, rate, categorize, group.
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Historical Examples

  • She was moved by some emotion, but he was unable, for the moment, to classify it.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • "Oh, if you like, I will classify all our acquaintances for you," replied Claude.

  • Then he went back to the press to classify this new document in it.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • How, while mankind were disputing about universals, could they classify phenomena?

  • It remains to combine and classify the materials thus verified.


British Dictionary definitions for classify

classify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to arrange or order by classes; categorize
  2. government to declare (information, documents, etc) of possible aid to an enemy and therefore not available to people outside a restricted group
Derived Formsclassifiable, adjectiveclassifier, noun

Word Origin

C18: back formation from classification
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Word Origin and History for classify

v.

1782, from French classifier, from classe (see class (n.)) + -fier (see -fy). Related: Classified; classifying.

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