Definition of classify in English:

classify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Arrange (a group of people or things) in classes or categories according to shared qualities or characteristics.

    ‘mountain peaks are classified according to their shape’
    • ‘Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature.’
    • ‘These shares are classified by their back-end or contingent deferred sales charge.’
    • ‘Next to these volumes was a notebook where he keeps a handwritten, detailed catalog of all the items in the collection, classified by writer, title, publisher, and the book's location in his library.’
    • ‘Soils within the park have been classified into 29 types.’
    • ‘Another of his interests was in classifying information and he made substantial contributions to this in his work in preparing a cumulative index for the first 23 volumes of the Mathematics of Computation.’
    • ‘Smaller chunks of ice without proper names do get classified into categories.’
    • ‘As shown in the table, all 25 specimens from Dover were correctly classified.’
    • ‘Information categorization is the process by which documents are classified into different categories.’
    • ‘If you spot other incorrectly classified books, feel free to relocate them.’
    • ‘For instance, the search engine's ability to classify information through the use of meta-tags written by a programmer can distance the user from his or her original course.’
    • ‘If they do, they are, of course, classified on that basis.’
    • ‘The tickets have been classified into nine categories to cater for different sets of target customers.’
    • ‘Mothers were thus classified into two distinct groups.’
    • ‘Rural areas in India can be broadly classified into three categories.’
    • ‘This may well be intentional since this book has been classified for historical reading.’
    • ‘Overall, 94.9 % of the participants were correctly classified into their respective smoking groups.’
    • ‘These groups are classified into three cultures: those in the interior, the countryside, and the coastal regions.’
    • ‘A table at the end of the book also classifies documents into a number of topical categories.’
    • ‘Techniques have been developed to automatically classify documents with respect to their topic.’
    • ‘A successful insurance policy allows individuals to be correctly classified into a risk category.’
    put in order, order, set out, lay out, spread out, array, present, put out, display, exhibit, group, sort, organize, tidy, position, dispose
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    1. 1.1Assign to a particular class or category.
      ‘elements are usually classified as metals or non-metals’
      • ‘The film has been classified as category III in Hong Kong, meaning it can only be shown to persons aged over 18.’
      • ‘The Regatta is classified as a category C event.’
      • ‘Of the 264 items listed, 228 were classified as symbolic beliefs (the remaining 36 were descriptions of gay men or lesbian women).’
      • ‘Respondents had to correctly identify the brand name or company name in order to be classified as providing a correct response.’
      • ‘Many diseases previously classified as Th1 or Th2 dominant fail to meet the set criteria.’
      • ‘In Johannesburg, for example, the jacaranda tree, currently in bloom across the city, is classified as a category three invasive plant.’
      • ‘For a pothole to be classified as ‘Category One’ it would have to be four inches deep, or be assessed by an expert as being dangerous on other grounds.’
      • ‘A concussion that does result in a loss of consciousness is typically classified as a higher grade, or more severe, concussion.’
      • ‘For an employment category to be classified as specified, there must be a low probability of its members reaching the minimum requisite rank because of its career structure.’
      • ‘The detainees are all classified as category A prisoners and spend between 20 and 24 hours a day inside their cells.’
      • ‘If there is no evidence of bleeding, the error would be classified as a category D.’
      • ‘Tumors were classified as high grade when the combined Gleason score was 7 or above and as low grade when the combined score was 6 or below.’
      • ‘These rates are classified as minimal; however, 14 per 10 000 of these minor events were reported as significant.’
      • ‘He hopes to be classified as a refugee and assigned to a country so he can complete high school and go on to university.’
      • ‘These genes are classified as growth rate regulated genes.’
      • ‘They found that similar rates of women were classified as low risk (48% in private hospitals and 49% in public).’
      • ‘As a result people coming from countries on the list cannot be classified as asylum seekers because, by definition, none of its citizens can be considered under threat.’
      • ‘Two were classified as level five - the most serious category.’
      • ‘For the first time in the five-year history of the Classic, it is being classified as a Category 1 event by the World Professional Darts Council.’
      • ‘In order to be classified as sci-fi does a piece have to overtly explain itself in scientific terms?’
  • 2Designate (documents or information) as officially secret.

    ‘government officials classified 6.3 million documents in 1992’
    • ‘One source of amusement was the fact that virtually anyone could classify a document, while a high-level review was required to declassify it.’
    • ‘The administration's addiction to classifying documents is making an unnecessary casualty of the openness vital to democracy.’
    • ‘Unlike the U.S., the USSR classified all hard information on their space program as state secrets.’
    • ‘There are exceptions to protect the privacy of individuals, but the state's power to classify documents as national-security secrets is strictly limited.’
    • ‘But remember that information is classified for a certain time period.’
    • ‘We have learned to our dismay how quick government officials are to classify information, even when it is already in the public domain.’
    • ‘Only the president, the premier or cabinet members acting as proxy for either of them can classify a document as ‘top secret.’’
    • ‘Many of the records are classified top secret, with much of the information withheld from release due to its perceived sensitivity.’
    • ‘And if allowed, they will classify the documents for 100 years.’
    • ‘What is the essence of balancing the vital interests of the state, society, and individuals in classifying information on arms and military equipment?’
    • ‘The United States Government classifies information according to the degree which the unauthorized disclosure would damage national security.’

Origin

Late 18th century: back-formation from classification, from French, from classe class, from Latin classis division.

Pronunciation:

classify

/ˈklasɪfʌɪ/