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ˈkær ɪk təˌraɪzchar·ac·ter·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. qualify, characterize, characterise(verb)

    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, characterise(verb)

    be characteristic of

    "What characterizes a Venetian painting?"


  1. Characterize(v. t.)

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

  2. Origin: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]


  1. characterize(Verb)

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

  2. characterize(Verb)

    To determine the characteristics of.

  3. Origin: From characterizare, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Characterize(verb)

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

  2. Characterize(verb)

    to engrave or imprint

  3. Characterize(verb)

    to indicate the character of; to describe

  4. Characterize(verb)

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

  5. Origin: [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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. Nick Pope:

    I think the best way to characterize MUFON is to say that its a broad church.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.

  4. Tucker Carlson:

    It was dismissive. Condescending and dismissive, those are the words I characterize in the book.

  5. Usman Akhtar:

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

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