Characterize

  • 1 Characterize — Char ac*ter*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Characterized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Characterizing}.] [LL. characterizare, Gr. ?: cf. F. charact[ e]riser.] 1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 characterize — characterize, distinguish, mark, qualify are comparable when they mean to be a peculiar or significant quality or feature of something. Characterize stresses that quality or feature (or those qualities or features) which stands out and identifies …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 characterize — I verb classify, construe, delineate, depict, descend to particulars, describe, designare, detail, diagram, differentiate, distinguish, draw, elucidate, exemplify, express precisely, formalize, give an account of, give precise meaning to, give… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 characterize — (v.) 1590s, to engrave, write, formed in English or else from M.L. characterizare, from Gk. kharakterizein to designate by a characteristic mark, from kharakter (see CHARACTER (Cf. character)). Meaning to describe the qualities of is recorded… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 characterize — (Amer.) char·ac·ter·ize || kærÉ™ktÉ™raɪz v. describe; be a characteristic of (also characterise) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 6 characterize — [v] typify, distinguish belong to, brand, button down*, constitute, define, delineate, describe, designate, differentiate, discriminate, feature, identify, indicate, individualize, individuate, inform, make up, mark, outline, peculiarize, peg,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 characterize — (also characterise) ► VERB 1) describe the distinctive character of. 2) (of a feature or quality) be characteristic of. DERIVATIVES characterization noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 characterize — [kar′ək tər īz΄, kar′iktər īz΄] vt. characterized, characterizing [ML characterizare < Gr charaktērizein: see CHARACTER] 1. to describe or portray the particular qualities, features, or traits of 2. to be the distinctive character of;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 characterize */*/ — UK [ˈkærɪktəraɪz] / US [ˈkerəktəˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms characterize : present tense I/you/we/they characterize he/she/it characterizes present participle characterizing past tense characterized past participle characterized 1) to be… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 characterize — also ise BrE verb (T) 1 to be typical of a person, place, or thing: Bright, vibrant colours characterize his paintings. 2 to describe the character of someone or something in a particular way; portray: characterize sb as sth: I would characterize …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 characterize — characterizable, adj. characterizer, n. /kar ik teuh ruyz /, v.t., characterized, characterizing. 1. to mark or distinguish as a characteristic; be a characteristic of: Rich metaphors characterize his poetry. 2. to describe the character or… …

    Universalium

  • 12 characterize — verb Characterize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑feature Characterize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑era, ↑region …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 characterize — v. (d; tr.) ( to describe ) to characterize as (he can be characterized as a fanatic) * * * [ kærɪktəraɪz] (d; tr.) ( to describe ) to characterize as (he can be characterized as a fanatic) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 characterize — char|ac|ter|ize W3 also characterise BrE [ˈkærıktəraız] v [T] 1.) to describe the qualities of someone or something in a particular way = ↑portray characterize sb as (being) sth ▪ The group was characterized as being well educated and liberal.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 characterize — char|ac|ter|ize [ kerəktə,raız ] verb transitive ** 1. ) FORMAL to describe someone or something as a particular type of person or thing: characterize someone/something as something: The military is usually characterized as being very… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 characterize — [[t]kæ̱rɪktəraɪz[/t]] characterizes, characterizing, characterized (in BRIT, also use characterise) 1) VERB If something is characterized by a particular feature or quality, that feature or quality is an obvious part of it. [FORMAL] [be V ed by… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 characterize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1633 1. to describe the character or quality of < characterizes him as ambitious > 2. to be a characteristic of ; distinguish < an era characterized …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 characterize — verb a) To depict someone or something a particular way (often negative.) b) To determine the characteristics of …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 characterize — Synonyms and related words: adumbrate, argue, be characteristic, be indicative of, be significant of, be symptomatic of, bespeak, betoken, block out, brand, bring to life, catch a likeness, chalk out, character, chart, connote, define, delineate …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 characterize — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To describe] Syn. delineate, designate, portray; see define 2 , describe . 2. [To distinguish] Syn. discriminate, mark, identify; see distinguish 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. 1. portray describe, represent, depict,… …

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