Clas·si·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Classified p. pr. & vb. n. Classifying.] To distribute into classes; to arrange according to a system; to arrange in sets according to some method founded on common properties or characters.
Syn: -- To arrange; distribute; rank.
v 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]
adj 1: arranged into classes [ant: unclassified]
2: official classification of information or documents;
withheld from general circulation; "thousands of
classified documents have now been declassified" [ant: unclassified]