- bearing the designation classified.
- available only to authorized persons.Compare classification (def. 5).
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MORE ABOUT CLASSIFIED
What does classified mean?
Classified means categorized or labeled in some way.
Classified has several different meanings that all have to do with things being sorted in a certain way. It is commonly used to mean secret or confidential, as in that information is classified.
Example: The agency keeps a list of people who have been classified as security risks.
Where does classified come from?
Classified has been in use in English since at least the 1800s. It is the past tense of the verb classify, which means “to arrange by class or assign an identification to.”
Classified can be used as a past tense verb (as in The species was classified as endangered) or as an adjective describing things that have been arranged in such a way (as in Please store the classified samples before the ones that have not been labeled).
Classified listings in newspapers and on websites contain items sorted into categories, such as jobs and items for sale. The items are called classified ads and the section is sometimes called the classifieds.
Many governments use a classification system to label sensitive information, such as that related to national security or other military matters, to determine who can and cannot have access to it. Such information is classified into specific categories, such as restricted, confidential, secret, and top-secret. (We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a category called super double hush hush extra secret to the max.) For this reason, the word classified has been extended in popular use to mean “secret” or “confidential.” The first records of this sense of the word come from the 1940s (the ones we know about anyway).
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What are some other forms related to classified?
- classify (verb)
- classification (noun)
- nonclassified (adjective)
- superclassified (adjective)
- well-classified (adjective)
What are some synonyms for classified?
What are some words that share a root or word element with classified?
What are some words that often get used in discussing classified?
How is classified used in real life?
Classified means “categorized.” It is commonly used to mean “secret,” especially in the context of government information and documents.
The Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican have been classified as "endangered migratory species" by a UN body, paving the way for trans-boundary #conservation efforts.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) February 20, 2020
Burr and Warner call arrest of former aide Jim Wolfe “troubling” and said they were notified about probe late last year. “While the charges do not appear to include anything related to the mishandling of classified information, the Committee takes this matter extremely seriously”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 8, 2018
As a reminder. The US is the only high income country (classified by the World Bank) that does not have paid maternity leave. Current list of countries without it: New Guinea, Suriname, a few South Pacific island nations and the United States.
— Katie D. McMillan (@KatieDMcMillan) September 30, 2019
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Classified always means “secret.”
How to use classified in a sentence
Ossoff and Warnock also have spent a lot of time talking about their Republican opponents’ financial past, particularly stock trades the two made after they received classified briefings on the Covid-19 pandemic while they were in office.9 questions about the Georgia Senate runoffs you were too embarrassed to ask|Ella Nilsen|November 30, 2020|Vox
Both Perdue and Loeffler have taken heat for stock trades made after they received classified briefings on the Covid-19 pandemic while they were in office.David Perdue and Jon Ossoff advance to Georgia Senate runoff|Ella Nilsen|November 6, 2020|Vox
The agency will also pass along classified information from intelligence agencies about efforts they detect from adversaries seeking to undermine the election and advise states on how to protect against such attacks.DHS plans largest operation to secure U.S. election against hacking|Joseph Marks|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
A group of small defense contractors would come together to pursue classified projects as part of a secret task force, with him and an associate on payroll.How a ‘diabolical’ former DEA staffer conned the intelligence community|Rachel Weiner|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
China’s online classified ad leader will take over Renrenche’s Hong Kong entity, while offering at least $4 million in loans to its mainland operations, said the people, asking not to be identified because the transaction is private.From billion-dollar valuation to bust: Chinese tech unicorn now may be worth just over $1,000|Brett Haensel|October 22, 2020|Fortune
Schiff told The Daily Beast that he was given a classified briefing about the Sony attack from the intelligence community Friday.
This material has been reviewed by the CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information.
“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|Tim Mak|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One in five Pennsylvania inmates are classified as mentally ill.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But one day, scanning the classified ads in The Minneapolis Tribune, she saw a job opportunity that appealed to her.
For accuracy, 500 to 1000 leukocytes must be classified; for approximate results, 200 are sufficient.
Classify each leukocyte seen, and calculate what percentage each variety is of the whole number classified.
These may be again classified under many different heads, as there are many kinds and grades of each.
The latter had already prepared a cabinet of pigeon-holes, arranged and classified by the names of Balzacian characters.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
He did not at all agree with his correspondent that eight classified workhouses were better than one general establishment.English Poor Law Policy|Sidney Webb