verb (classifies, classifying, classified)[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 shapeMore example sentences
- These groups are classified into three cultures: those in the interior, the countryside, and the coastal regions.
- These shares are classified by their back-end or contingent deferred sales charge.
- A successful insurance policy allows individuals to be correctly classified into a risk category.
- 1.1Assign to a particular class or category: elements are usually classified as metals or non-metalsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2Designate (documents or information) as officially secret: government officials classified 6.3 million documents in 1992More example sentences
- There are exceptions to protect the privacy of individuals, but the state's power to classify documents as national-security secrets is strictly limited.
- 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.’
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- We've made no move to become more concrete or classifiable in our sound.
- My sense is that under the imprint, she gives herself more room to explore material not classifiable as or forced into the mystery-thriller-crime-novel genre.
- Altogether, the film is funny, sensual, intellectual, quirky, and not easily classifiable in terms of its genre.
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- The racial and sexual tensions of the late eighteenth century led to a narration of nature that included the classificatory schema that developed into the natural sciences.
- Of course, it's still subject to a range of objections and qualifications, but so is any classificatory system.
- As a taxonomist, he was only too familiar with the fragility of classificatory schema.
late 18th century: back-formation from classification, from French, from classe 'class', from Latin classis 'division'.