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verb (used with object), cat·e·go·rized, cat·e·go·riz·ing.
  1. to arrange in categories or classes; classify.
  2. to describe by labeling or giving a name to; characterize.
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Also especially British, cat·e·go·rise.

Origin of categorize

First recorded in 1695–1705; categor(y) + -ize
Related formscat·e·go·rist [kat-i-gawr-ist, -gohr-] /ˈkæt ɪˌgɔr ɪst, -ˌgoʊr-/, nouncat·e·go·ri·za·tion, nounde·cat·e·go·ri·za·tion, nounde·cat·e·go·rize, verb (used with object), de·cat·e·go·rized, de·cat·e·go·riz·ing.mis·cat·e·go·rize, verb (used with object), mis·cat·e·go·rized, mis·cat·e·go·riz·ing.mis·cat·e·go·rized, adjectivere·cat·e·go·rize, verb (used with object), re·cat·e·go·rized, re·cat·e·go·riz·ing.sub·cat·e·go·ri·za·tion, nounun·cat·e·go·rized, adjective
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Related Words for categorization

category, placement, sequence, arrangement, layout, organization, distribution, lineup, order, grouping, sorting

Examples from the Web for categorization

Contemporary Examples of categorization

Historical Examples of categorization

  • I can attempt its categorization in hope of dispelling the fear of the unknown.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

  • "The point is that the level of categorization is not independent of who is doing the categorizing and on what basis" (p. 50).

British Dictionary definitions for categorization



  1. (tr) to place in a category; classify
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Derived Formscategorization or categorisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for categorization


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

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

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