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ˈkær ɪk təˌraɪzchar·ac·ter·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. qualify, characterize, characteriseverb

    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"

  2. characterize, characteriseverb

    be characteristic of

    "What characterizes a Venetian painting?"

GCIDE

  1. Characterizeverb

    (Chem.) to identify the structure or nature of; as, the antibiotic activity in the sample was characterized by HPLC, and proved to be erythromycin.

    Etymology: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]

Wiktionary

  1. characterizeverb

    To depict someone or something a particular way (often negative.)

    Etymology: From characterizare, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.

  2. characterizeverb

    To determine the characteristics of.

    Etymology: From characterizare, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Characterizeverb

    to make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features

    Etymology: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]

  2. Characterizeverb

    to engrave or imprint

    Etymology: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]

  3. Characterizeverb

    to indicate the character of; to describe

    Etymology: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]

  4. Characterizeverb

    to be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of

    Etymology: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]

Editors Contribution

  1. characterize

    To express the character of.

    They did characterize the president beautifully as a loving, kind, empathetic and passionate being.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'characterize' in Verbs Frequency: #949

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of characterize in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of characterize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of characterize in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Ives:

    I would characterize this as white hot adoption out of the gate.

  2. Lowman Henry:

    I would characterize that as a microcosm of this entire campaign, he's willing to roll up his sleeves and go out there and do the hard grass-roots work that is necessary to win delegates.

  3. Jonathan Miller:

    Over the past few years, we've passed the affordability threshold, with the loss of the ability to comfortably use all the amenities that characterize living in a city -- restaurants, retail, bars, all the cultural events that were at your beck and call as a resident of Manhattan -- people are questioning it. Those were the salve on affordability.

  4. Usman Akhtar:

    I would not characterize Indonesia as turning into a replica of China's e-commerce market, at least not yet.

  5. Theodore Kassinger:

    I would not characterize BIS’s position necessarily as one of encouragement, but BIS has made clear that companies should not overlook the option of self-classification.

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