reclassify

When you reclassify something, you change its category. A bookseller might reclassify a memoir as "fiction" after it's revealed that the author invented most of the people and events in it.

Your boss where you work part-time may reclassify you as a full-time worker in the summer, when you have more time for your job. And your school might consider cheerleading to be a club, while some others have decided to reclassify it as a sport. In both cases, something has changed categories. The verb reclassify adds the "again" prefix re- to classify, which means "put into a class or group."

Definitions of reclassify
  1. verb
    classify anew, change the previous classification
    “The zoologists had to reclassify the mollusks after they found new species”
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    type of:
    assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
    arrange or order by classes or categories
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