Meaning of “category” in the English Dictionary

"category" in British English

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categorynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæt.ə.ɡri/ us /ˈkæt̬.ə.ɡri/

B2 (in a system for dividing things according to appearance, quality, etc.) a type, or a group of things having some features that are the same:

There are three categories of accommodation - standard, executive, and deluxe.

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  • There's a prize for the fastest three runners in each category.
  • Each category has several subdivisions.
  • He's running in the veterans category.
  • The produce is sorted into categories according to quality.
  • There are sporty people and non-sporty people, and I'm definitely in the second category.

(Definition of “category” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"category" in American English

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categorynoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæt̬·ɪˌɡɔr·i, -ˌɡoʊr·i/

a grouping of people or things by type in any systematic arrangement:

The light trucks weigh less than 5,000 pounds and are in a category that includes minivans, pickups, and sport utility vehicles.
categorization
noun [ U ] /ˌkæt̬·ɪ·ɡər·əˌzeɪˈʃən/

I admire the careful categorization of his files.
categorize
verb [ T ] us /ˈkæt̬·ɪ·ɡəˌrɑɪz/

The books are categorized by subject.

(Definition of “category” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"category" in Business English

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categorynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkætəɡəri/ us

a group of people or things that have similar features:

a category of sth The use of the four categories of customer is to ensure that marketing messages are effective.
Four of the six job categories that gained the most workers in the last 10 years pay below the state average.
At just under five pounds, it's one of the lightest laptops in its category.

(Definition of “category” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)