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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.
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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
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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.
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characterize


Past participle: characterized
Gerund: characterizing

Imperative
characterize
characterize
Present
I characterize
you characterize
he/she/it characterizes
we characterize
you characterize
they characterize
Preterite
I characterized
you characterized
he/she/it characterized
we characterized
you characterized
they characterized
Present Continuous
I am characterizing
you are characterizing
he/she/it is characterizing
we are characterizing
you are characterizing
they are characterizing
Present Perfect
I have characterized
you have characterized
he/she/it has characterized
we have characterized
you have characterized
they have characterized
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
they had characterized
Future
I will characterize
you will characterize
he/she/it will characterize
we will characterize
you will characterize
they will characterize
Future Perfect
I will have characterized
you will have characterized
he/she/it will have characterized
we will have characterized
you will have characterized
they will have characterized
Future Continuous
I will be characterizing
you will be characterizing
he/she/it will be characterizing
we will be characterizing
you will be characterizing
they will be characterizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been characterizing
you have been characterizing
he/she/it has been characterizing
we have been characterizing
you have been characterizing
they have been characterizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been characterizing
you will have been characterizing
he/she/it will have been characterizing
we will have been characterizing
you will have been characterizing
they will have been characterizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been characterizing
you had been characterizing
he/she/it had been characterizing
we had been characterizing
you had been characterizing
they had been characterizing
Conditional
I would characterize
you would characterize
he/she/it would characterize
we would characterize
you would characterize
they would characterize
Past Conditional
I would have characterized
you would have characterized
he/she/it would have characterized
we would have characterized
you would have characterized
they 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?"
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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.
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characterize

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

characterize

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

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

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

[ˈkærɪktəˌraɪz] vt
a. (be characteristic of) → caratterizzare
b. (describe) to characterize (as)descrivere (come)
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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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References in classic literature ?
Lorry, quickly flushing again, "I will not--not even at Tellson's--have it characterised for me by any gentleman breathing."
It remarkably characterised the incomplete morality of the age, rigid as we call it, that a licence was allowed the seafaring class, not merely for their freaks on shore, but for far more desperate deeds on their proper element.
As the family seated themselves at the dinner table, their guest exclaimed, in the heedless way that characterised her manner--