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

     

    pigeonhole

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pigeonhole
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊl//
     
    he / she / it pigeonholes
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊlz//
     
    past simple pigeonholed
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊld//
     
    past participle pigeonholed
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊld//
     
    -ing form pigeonholing
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1pigeonhole somebody (as something) to decide that somebody belongs to a particular group or type without thinking deeply enough about it and considering what other qualities they might have synonym categorize, label He has been pigeonholed as a children's writer.
  2. 2pigeonhole something to decide to deal with something later or to forget it synonym shelve Plans for a new school have been pigeonholed.
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