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Definition of categorize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

categorize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//ˈkætəɡəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəɡəraɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they categorize
BrE BrE//ˈkætəɡəraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəɡəraɪz//
 
he / she / it categorizes
BrE BrE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzɪz//
 
past simple categorized
BrE BrE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzd//
 
past participle categorized
BrE BrE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzd//
 
-ing form categorizing
BrE BrE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəɡəraɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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to put people or things into groups according to what type they are synonym classify categorize somebody/something Participants were categorized according to age. categorize somebody/something as something His latest work cannot be categorized as either a novel or an autobiography.Extra examples Her work is difficult to categorize. The employees are categorized as support personnel. These factors can be conveniently categorized under three headings. We categorize voters by their choice of newspaper. categorizing people according to their jobs Her latest work cannot be categorized as either a novel or an autobiography. Participants were categorized according to age and sex. Some types of investment risk are difficult to categorize. Trade unions can be categorized into three main types.
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