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English verb: classify

1. classify (cognition) arrange or order by classes or categories

SamplesHow would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?.

Synonymsassort, class, separate, sort, sort out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)categorise, categorize

Narrower (hyponym)catalog, catalogue, count, dichotomise, dichotomize, grade, group, isolate, number, pigeonhole, reclassify, refer, size, stamp, stereotype, unitise, unitize


2. classify (social) declare unavailable, as for security reasons

SamplesClassify these documents.

ExamplesSam and Sue classify the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)restrict


3. classify (cognition) assign to a class or kind

SamplesHow should algae be classified?.
People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)assign, attribute

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