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char·ac·ter·ize

 (kăr′ək-tə-rīz′)
tr.v. character·ized, character·iz·ing, character·iz·es
1. To describe the qualities or peculiarities of: characterized the warden as ruthless.
2. To be a distinctive trait or mark of; distinguish: the rash and high fever that characterize this disease; a region that is characterized by its dikes and canals.

char′ac·ter·iz′er n.

characterize

(ˈkærɪktəˌraɪz) or

characterise

vb (tr)
1. to be a characteristic of: loneliness characterized the place.
2. to distinguish or mark as a characteristic
3. to describe or portray the character of
ˈcharacterˌizable, ˈcharacterˌisable adj
ˈcharacterˌizer, ˈcharacterˌiser n

char•ac•ter•ize

(ˈkær ɪk təˌraɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to be a characteristic of; distinguish; mark.
2. to describe the character of.
3. to attribute a specific character to: characterized him as a scoundrel.
[1585–95; < Medieval Latin < Greek]
char′ac•ter•iz`a•ble, adj.

characterize


Past participle: characterized
Gerund: characterizing

Imperative
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Present
I characterize
you characterize
he/she/it characterizes
we characterize
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Preterite
I characterized
you characterized
he/she/it characterized
we characterized
you characterized
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Present Continuous
I am characterizing
you are characterizing
he/she/it is characterizing
we are characterizing
you are characterizing
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Present Perfect
I have characterized
you have characterized
he/she/it has characterized
we have characterized
you have characterized
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Past Continuous
I was characterizing
you were characterizing
he/she/it was characterizing
we were characterizing
you were characterizing
they were characterizing
Past Perfect
I had characterized
you had characterized
he/she/it had characterized
we had characterized
you had characterized
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Future
I will characterize
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Future Perfect
I will have characterized
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we will have characterized
you will have characterized
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Future Continuous
I will be characterizing
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we will be characterizing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been characterizing
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we have been characterizing
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been characterizing
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we will have been characterizing
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been characterizing
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we had been characterizing
you had been characterizing
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Conditional
I would characterize
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Past Conditional
I would have characterized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.characterize - describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of; "You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist"; "This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover"
think of, remember - keep in mind for attention or consideration; "Remember the Alamo"; "Remember to call your mother every day!"; "Think of the starving children in India!"
differentiate, distinguish, mark - be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
stamp - reveal clearly as having a certain character; "His playing stamps him as a Romantic"
2.characterize - be characteristic of; "What characterizes a Venetian painting?"
differentiate, distinguish, mark - be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
individuate - give individual character to
define - determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"

characterize

verb
1. distinguish, mark, identify, brand, inform, stamp, typify This election campaign has been characterized by violence.
2. portray, show, present, represent, depict In horror films women are usually characterized as victims.

characterize

verb
1. To describe with a word or term:
Translations
charakterizovatpopisovatvyznačovat se
beskrivekarakteriserekendetegne
einkennalÿsa
charakterizovať
belirgin özelliği olmaknitelendirmektanımlamak

characterize

[ˈkærɪktəraɪz] VT (= be characteristic of) → caracterizar; (= describe) → calificar (as de)

characterize

characterise [ˈkærɪktəraɪz] (British) vt
(= typify) → caractériser
(= describe) → décrire
to characterize sb/sth as → définir qn/qch comme

characterize

vt
(= be characteristic of)kennzeichnen, charakterisieren
(= describe)beschreiben

characterize

[ˈkærɪktəˌraɪz] vt
a. (be characteristic of) → caratterizzare
b. (describe) to characterize (as)descrivere (come)

character

(ˈkӕrəktə) noun
1. the set of qualities that make someone or something different from others; type. You can tell a man's character from his handwriting; Publicity of this character is not good for the firm.
2. a set of qualities that are considered admirable in some way. He showed great character in dealing with the danger.
3. reputation. They tried to damage his character.
4. a person in a play, novel etc. Rosencrantz is a minor character in Shakespeare's `Hamlet'.
5. an odd or amusing person. This fellow's quite a character!
6. a letter used in typing etc. Some characters on this typewriter are broken.
ˌcharacterˈistic adjective
(negative uncharacteristic) typical (of a person etc). He spoke with characteristic shyness; That kind of behaviour is characteristic of him.
noun
a typical quality. It is one of his characteristics to be obstinate.
ˌcharacteˈristically adverb
ˈcharacterize, ˈcharacterise verb
1. to be the obvious feature of. The giraffe is characterized by its long neck.
2. to describe (as). She characterized him as weak and indecisive.
ˌcharacteriˈzation, ˌcharacteriˈsation noun
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Lyell has lately brought from the United States a tooth of a horse; and it is an interesting fact, that Professor Owen could find in no species, either fossil or recent, a slight but peculiar curvature characterizing it, until he thought of comparing it with my specimen found here: he has named this American horse Equus curvidens.
Once she began, you felt that she would never stop, and this hopeless sensation, characterizing the motion of ships whose centre of gravity is brought down too low in loading, made everyone on board weary of keeping on his feet.
The latter was the eternal, living principle or soul in him; and in sleep, being for the time dissociated from the characterizing mind, which at other times employed it for its outer vehicle or agent, it spontaneously sought escape from the scorching contiguity of the frantic thing, of which, for the time, it was no longer an integral.
Thus, ENM represents a powerful tool for characterizing ecologic and geographic distributions of species across real-world landscapes.
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One of the oldest and most fundamental techniques for characterizing filler dispersion is analysis of microtomed thin sections with light microscopy.
In addition to isolating and characterizing tumor stem cells themselves, it is also important to identify the genes and proteins that facilitate the self renewal phenotype that characterize all stem cells.
Written by the director of the East European Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism is a sharp critique of the Russian regime under President Vladimir Putin, characterizing it as a long-term strategy devoted to regaining influence over former satellites, limiting Western influence in key parts of the region, and embracing nostalgia of its days of empire.
This correction dramatically reduces prediction error and is essential for characterizing the impulse response function of high-speed sources and detectors in optical fiber communications systems at high frequencies (up to 50 GHz).
On the stand will be a PQ Ruby Sub'tomic Laser Ellipsometer/Reflectometer which is optimized for characterizing UTGOs, and an X'Pert PRO MRD (Materials Research Diffractometer) which analyzes structure, composition, thickness, residual stress and texture of compound semiconductor materials.
The first step in characterizing the reuse site is a Phase 1 site assessment.
That is, to enjoy popularity and the impression of success, Clinton has required a foil, which is a more direct way of characterizing the notorious strategy of "triangulation" (or multiple foils) that his one-time adviser Dick Morris devised.