- arranged or distributed in classes or according to class: We plan to review all the classified specimens in the laboratory.
- of or designating the part or parts of a publication that contain advertisements or lists arranged by category: Look under “plumbers” in the classified pages of the telephone book. He found a job for a “typist” in the classified section of the newspaper.
- (of information, a document, etc.)
- bearing the designation classified.
- available only to authorized persons.Compare classification(def 5).
- confidential or secret: The firm's promotional budget for next year is classified information.
- 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
Origin of classify
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Examples from the Web for classified
Schiff told The Daily Beast that he was given a classified briefing about the Sony attack from the intelligence community Friday.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
This material has been reviewed by the CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
“Those are areas that we should probably get into in a classified hearing,” the defense secretary said.The Pentagon Is Officially Clueless About the ISIS War
November 13, 2014
One in five Pennsylvania inmates are classified as mentally ill.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
But one day, scanning the classified ads in The Minneapolis Tribune, she saw a job opportunity that appealed to her.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
These books are classified and so arranged as to be of immediate use.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The little Bechers were not classified, but their connection was apparent.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
She had irritated him then, for he had not yet classified her.Audrey Craven
To the college student life is not classified and systematized to a nicety.College Teaching
Here they are classified, and thus made to give us a right idea of their use.Sandwiches
Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
- arranged according to some system of classification
- government (of information) not available to people outside a restricted group, esp for reasons of national security
- (of information) closely concealed or secret
- (of advertisements in newspapers, etc) arranged according to type
- British (of newspapers) containing sports results, esp football results
- (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
- to arrange or order by classes; categorize
- government to declare (information, documents, etc) of possible aid to an enemy and therefore not available to people outside a restricted group
Word Origin and History for classified
"arranged in classes," 1828, past participle adjective from classify. Meaning "secret" (of government information) is from 1941, American English. Classifieds (n.) "newspaper advertisements arranged by classes," 1913, is short for classified advertisements