What does characterize mean?
Definitions for characterize
ˈkær ɪk təˌraɪzchar·ac·ter·ize
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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"
be characteristic of
"What characterizes a Venetian painting?"
(Chem.) to identify the structure or nature of; as, the antibiotic activity in the sample was characterized by HPLC, and proved to be erythromycin.
To depict someone or something a particular way (often negative.)
To determine the characteristics of.
Etymology: From characterizare, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from character.
It is some commendation, that we have avoided publickly to characterize any person, without long experience. Jonathan Swift.
They may be called anticipations, prenotions, or sentiments characterized and engraven in the soul, born with it, and growing up with it. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.
There are faces not only individual, but gentilitious and national; European, Asiatick, Chinese, African, and Grecian faces are characterized. John Arbuthnot, on Air.
to make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features
to engrave or imprint
to indicate the character of; to describe
to be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of
Etymology: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]
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
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'characterize' in Verbs Frequency: #949
The numerical value of characterize in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of characterize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of characterize in a Sentence
Former President Bill Clinton:
I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the streets to murder other African-American children, maybe you thought they were good citizens, she didn’t.
I think the best way to characterize MUFON is to say that its a broad church.
I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children, maybe you thought they were good citizens. Hillary Clinton didn't.
There's something in my mind worrisome and off in declaring what the authentic conservative position is, the better way to characterize the tradition is really an unending debate between these two sides.
Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd.
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- caracteritzarCatalan, Valencian
- comharraichScottish Gaelic
- характеризова́ть, охарактеризова́тьRussian
- karaktärisera, präglaSwedish
- karakterize etmekTurkish
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