AskDefine | Define classify

Dictionary Definition

classify

Verb

1 arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?" [syn: class, sort, assort, sort out, separate]
2 declare unavailable, as for security reasons; "Classify these documents" [ant: declassify]
3 assign to a class or kind; "How should algae be classified?"; "People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms" [syn: relegate] [also: classified]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From classifier.

Verb

  1. to identify by or divide into classes; to categorize
    Should we classify "make up" as an idiom or as a phrasal verb?
  2. to declare something a secret, especially a government secret
    They decided to classify that information.''

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Extensive Definition

Classification may refer to:
classify in Afrikaans: Sistematiek
classify in Arabic: تصنيف
classify in Bulgarian: Класификация
classify in Danish: Klassifikation
classify in German: Klassifikation
classify in Estonian: Klassifikatsioon
classify in Spanish: Clasificación
classify in French: Classification
classify in Croatian: Knjižnična klasifikacija
classify in Hungarian: Osztályozás
classify in Dutch: Classificatie
classify in Japanese: 分類
classify in Norwegian: Klassifikasjon
classify in Polish: Klasyfikacja
classify in Portuguese: Classificação
classify in Russian: Классификация
classify in Simple English: Classification
classify in Swedish: Klassificering
classify in Manx: Klasification
classify in Vietnamese: Phân loại
classify in Ukrainian: Класифікація

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alphabetize, analyze, appraise, arrange, assess, assort, bolt, bosom, break down, catalog, categorize, class, codify, collate, conceal, digest, divide, evaluate, factor, file, file and forget, gauge, gradate, grade, group, hold out on, identify, in petto, index, keep, keep back, keep between us, keep buttoned up, keep close, keep dark, keep from, keep in ignorance, keep mum, keep secret, keep snug, keep under wraps, list, make no sign, never let on, not give away, not tell, order, pigeonhole, place, play dumb, range, rank, rate, riddle, screen, secrete, separate, sieve, sift, size, sort, sort out, subdivide, subordinate, tabulate, thrash out, type, veil, weigh, winnow, withhold
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