[ klas-uh-fahyd ]
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  1. arranged or distributed in classes or according to class: We plan to review all the classified specimens in the laboratory.

  2. designating the part or parts of a publication that contain advertisements or lists arranged by category: The classified section of our little local newspaper is full of ads for garage sales and cleaning ladies.

  1. (of information, a document, etc.)

  2. confidential or secret: The firm's promotional budget for next year is classified information.

  3. identified as belonging to a specific group or category, as one to which benefits or restrictions apply: Classified buildings are eligible for state-funded restoration. The bank has a list of classified customers to whom it will not make large loans.

Origin of classified

First recorded in 1885–90; 1940–45 for def. 3; classify + -ed2

Other words from classified

  • non·clas·si·fied, adjective
  • su·per·clas·si·fied, adjective
  • well-clas·si·fied, adjective

Words Nearby classified Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use classified in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for classified


/ (ˈklæsɪˌfaɪd) /

  1. arranged according to some system of classification

  2. government (of information) not available to people outside a restricted group, esp for reasons of national security

  1. (of information) closely concealed or secret

  2. (of advertisements in newspapers, etc) arranged according to type

  3. British (of newspapers) containing sports results, esp football results

  4. (of British roads) having a number in the national road system. If the number is preceded by an M the road is a motorway, if by an A it is a first-class road, and if by a B it is a secondary road

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