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Can the verbs, like label, categorize, and arrange, be used to mean the same, as in:

  • The states are labeled with their U.S. postal abbreviations, their founding date and capitals.

  • The states are categorized with their U.S. postal abbreviations, their founding date and capitals.

  • The states are arranged with their U.S. postal abbreviations, their founding date and capitals.

Most likely, the verb list, classify, and sort are also the possible terms here, as in:

  • The states are listed . . .

  • The states are classified . . .

  • The states are sorted . . .

Please, give some guide to me, if I am asking wrong, or if all of these verbs used interchangeably.

  • Note that, the verbs you used have their own preposition choice e.g. We say classified into, labeled with, arranged in, listed with, and categorized into. – James Wolpert Aug 11 '18 at 7:26
  • They’re not really interchangeable. Which you pick depends on what you’re doing with them: applying labels, grouping by category, arranging functionally, etc. – Lawrence Aug 11 '18 at 7:46
  • Label = give a name or tag; categorise = put into a category/pigeonhole/group; arrange = to place in a particular order or position in relation to something else. – Zebrafish Aug 11 '18 at 7:53
  • No, Iqbal, never. Verbs like label, categorize, and arrange can not be used to mean the same, as in anything… nor could listed, classified or sorted contribute anything but the depth of your own understanding. What did your dictionaries, paper or on-line, tell you about the differences among those words, please? – Robbie Goodwin Aug 12 '18 at 20:19

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