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reclassify

Line breaks: re|clas¦sify
Pronunciation: /riːˈklasɪfʌɪ
 
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Definition of reclassify in English:

verb (reclassifies, reclassifying, reclassified)

[with object]
1Assign to a different class or category: what was previously tax relief may be reclassified as government expenditure
More example sentences
  • Ketamine is currently legal although the Home Office has plans to reclassify it as a class C drug by the end of this year.
  • The book was reclassified Category 1 - Restricted.
  • But in November 2000 the prison was reclassified as a Category C prison, which meant inmates could not work in the community.
1.1(In South Africa during the apartheid era) officially assign (someone) to a different legally defined ethnic group.
Example sentences
  • The fine print is fascinating, explaining the criteria used by government panels to reclassify people from one racial group to another.
  • She was never legally reclassified; her father fought tirelessly against it.

Derivatives

reclassification

1
Pronunciation: /-fɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • In 2002, the council recommended the reclassification of cannabis to a class C drug prompting controversial changes to the way the drug was tackled by police forces.
  • From then it will be for manufacturers to request reclassification of their products, with oral contraceptives expected to be at the head of the queue.
  • Currently 40 parcels of land are being considered for reclassification.

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