categorize

[ kat-i-guh-rahyz ]
/ ˈkæt ɪ gəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), cat·e·go·rized, cat·e·go·riz·ing.

to arrange in categories or classes; classify.
to describe by labeling or giving a name to; characterize.

Nearby words

  1. categoric contact,
  2. categorical,
  3. categorical imperative,
  4. categorist,
  5. categorization,
  6. category,
  7. category a,
  8. category d,
  9. category killer,
  10. category management

Also especially British, cat·e·go·rise.

Origin of categorize

First recorded in 1695–1705; categor(y) + -ize

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for categorise

categorize

categorise

/ (ˈkætɪɡəˌraɪz) /

verb

(tr) to place in a category; classify
Derived Formscategorization or categorisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for categorise

categorize

v.

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

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