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Definition of the verb categorize

What does categorize mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: categorized | categorizing | categorizes

  1. place into or assign to a category
    • example: Children learn early on to categorize
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]The curator classified the artifacts
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]She classified the works as 'dangerous'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] in [Destination]She classified the articles into different genres

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): bracket, catalogue, chunk, class, classify, code, grade, group, isolate, lump, number, reclassify, recode, regroup, separate, sort, sort out.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • alternative spelling: categorise
    • more generic word: reason = think logically
    • more specific terms: classify / separate / sort out / assort / class / sort = arrange or order by classes or categories
    • entailment: compare = examine and note the similarities or differences of

Alternative definition of the verb categorize


  1. [transitive] To assign a category; to divide into classes.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for categorize

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Google previewFaulkner and Humor

The impulse to categorize is a strong one, and among writers of fiction, there appear to be two clear and distinct categories: comic writers and tragic writers. Among the former, Mark Twain, the creator of undying boyhood fantasies, is typically ...

Google previewThe SAGE Handbook of Social Cognition (2012)

by Susan T Fiske, C Neil Macrae

Acquiring stereotypes The ability to categorize is a skill displayed very early in development. In the case of gender, for instance, babies are basically experts at distinguishing between males and females' and categorizing individuals ...

Google previewAristotle (1872)

by George Grote

The treatise called the Categorize is a theory of significant " Aristot. De Interpret, p . 17, a. 1 : Xoyos airofyavriKos. Ch. IV. LANGUAGE BOTH SUBJECTIVE AND OBJECTIVE. 157 names subjicible 156 DE INTERPRETATIONS Chap. IV.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Machine Learning (2011)

by Claude Sammut, Geoffrey I. Webb

is achieved by man's capacity to categorize. To categorize is to render discriminably different things equivalent, to group objects and events and people around us into classes... The process of ...

Google previewStructuring the Lexicon (2010)

A Clustered Model for Near-synonymy by Dagmar Divjak

the ability to categorize, is one of the fundamental qualities of human cognition that is most pervasively present in language. Categorization is not a matter to be ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Semantics (2010)

by Keith Allan

Relational classifiers categorize the ways in which noun referents relate to, or can be manipulated by, the possessor – whether they are to be eaten, drunk, worn, etc. They tend to occur in languages that distinguish alienable and inalienable ...

Google previewThe MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders (2004)

by Raymond D. Kent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

At 7 months, infants categorize octave tonal complexes by fundamental frequency, even if the fundamental is missing and cochlear distortions are ruled out (Clarkson and Clifton, 1995; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012)

by James A. Banks

The term Pacific Islander Americans is used to categorize people in the United States and its territories who come from —or whose ancestors came from—islands located in the vast marine expanse known ...

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Never categorize yourself, society does that to you, don't do it to yourself. (Jason Priestley)
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Scrabble value of C3A1T1E1G2O1R1I1Z10E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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