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CLASSIFY (classified)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does classify mean? 

CLASSIFY (verb)
  The verb CLASSIFY has 3 senses:

1. arrange or order by classes or categories
2. declare unavailable, as for security reasons
3. assign to a class or kind

  Familiarity information: CLASSIFY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CLASSIFY (verb)


Sense 1classify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arrange or order by classes or categories

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

class; classify; sort out; assort; sort; separate

Context example:

How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?

Hypernyms (to "classify" is one way to...):

categorise; categorize (place into or assign to a category)

"Classify" entails doing...:

compare (examine and note the similarities or differences of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "classify"):

unitise; unitize (separate or classify into units)

grade (determine the grade of or assign a grade to)

group (arrange into a group or groups)

pigeonhole; stamp; stereotype (treat or classify according to a mental stereotype)

dichotomise; dichotomize (divide into two opposing groups or kinds)

size (sort according to size)

reclassify (classify anew, change the previous classification)

refer (think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another)

isolate (separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them)

catalog; catalogue (make an itemized list or catalog of; classify)

count; number (put into a group)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2classify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Declare unavailable, as for security reasons

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

Classify these documents

Hypernyms (to "classify" is one way to...):

restrict (place under restrictions; limit access to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue classify the movie

Antonym:

declassify (lift the restriction on and make available again)


Sense 3classify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assign to a class or kind

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

classify; relegate

Context examples:

How should algae be classified? / People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms

Hypernyms (to "classify" is one way to...):

assign; attribute (decide as to where something belongs in a scheme)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


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