category Definition

a class or division of people or things regarded as having particular shared characteristics.

Using category: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "category" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The books are arranged by category.

  • Example

    The company offers products in several different categories.

  • Example

    The nominees for this year's award fall into three categories.

  • Example

    The article discusses the different categories of environmental pollution.

category Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for category

Idioms Using category

  • to be classified or grouped in a particular way


    Her work falls into the category of historical fiction.

  • to introduce a new type or class of something


    Their latest product opens up a new category in the market, appealing to a wider audience.

  • to be suitable or appropriate for a particular classification or grouping


    This product fits into the category of luxury goods, with its high-quality materials and craftsmanship.

Phrases with category

  • a group of people defined by a specific age range


    The race is open to all age categories, from children to seniors.

  • a group of people defined by a specific income range


    The survey divides respondents into different income categories to analyze spending habits.

  • a group of products that share similar characteristics or functions


    The store has a wide selection of products in different categories, from electronics to home appliances.

Origins of category

from Late Latin 'categoria', from Ancient Greek 'kategoria', meaning 'predicate, accusation'


Summary: category in Brief

The term 'category' [ˈkæt.ə.ɡɔːr.i] refers to a class or division of people or things that share particular characteristics. It can be used to group items by shared traits, such as 'The books are arranged by category,' or to classify people by age, income, or other factors, as in 'The race is open to all age categories.' 'Category' also appears in idioms like 'fall into a category,' meaning to be classified in a particular way.

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