Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.


 (hī′ə-rär-kīz′, hī′rär-)
tr.v. hi·er·ar·chized, hi·er·ar·chiz·ing, hi·er·ar·chiz·es
To arrange in a hierarchy.

hi′er·ar·chi·za′tion (-kĭ-zā′shən) n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈhaɪəˌrɑːkˌaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to arrange in a hierarchy
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
References in periodicals archive ?
Love undermines the tendency of thinking to totalize, classify, hierarchize. To touch, to caress are gestures that suggests contact, relation, but not possession nor domination.
The authors emphasize that instead of trying to synthesize or hierarchize Benjamin's contradictory interests, one must understand them as "a constant straddling of these incommensurables, an ever-renewed wager"; no reconciliation, but an infinitely generative dialectic that has propelled critical thought to this day (9).
Research legitimated with reference to goals such as informing decision making and ensuring evidence based policy were typically framed as serving to understand situations, hierarchize objectives, and develop or evaluate programs.
Latin-American theologies, exhausted by science and philosophy that segment and hierarchize the knowledge of the oikos and tired of the neo-colonial trends that prohibit "grand narratives," face the challenge of ascertaining all the liberating passion of the oikos.
the dances on categories and to hierarchize them according to the number of nominations (figure 4).
In order to compare and, as the case may be, combine and hierarchize the laws present and the contexts in which they are implemented, it is necessary to break out of the existing categories.
This way of reasoning also outlines a move to hierarchize spheres of value, giving primacy to the intrinsically social and affective value of relationships over their economic one, internalized and re-qualified here as epiphenomenon.
They have a conflictual coexistence, and hierarchize themselves axiologically to preserve the material unity of the system.
From this perspective, the border region is a space marked by a geopolitical limit, but it is the interactions of its inhabitants and the mobility of the persons passing through that limit that structure and hierarchize it.