classify - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleclassifying
past tenseclassified
past participleclassified
  1. 1
    to put people or things into particular groups according to the features that they have
    classify someone/something according to something:

    In the study families are classified according to their incomes.

    classify someone/something into something:

    The specimens were then classified into four groups.

    1. a.
      to decide which group someone or something belongs to, according to the particular features they have
      classify something as something:

      These cows are now classified as a rare breed.