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characterize

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verb char·ac·ter·ize \ˈker-ik-tə-ˌrīz, ˈka-rik-\

Simple Definition of characterize

  • : to describe the character or special qualities of (someone or something)

  • : to be a typical feature or quality of (someone or something)

Full Definition of characterize

char·ac·ter·izedchar·ac·ter·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to describe the character or quality of <characterizes him as ambitious>

  3. 2 :  to be a characteristic of :  distinguish <an era characterized by greed>

Examples of characterize

  1. How would you characterize the situation?

  2. I would characterize this as a positive change for our company.

  3. She had difficulty characterizing their relationship.

  4. His personality is hard to characterize.

  5. Farms and large flat fields characterize most of the area.

  6. the beliefs that characterized Europe in the 15th century



1633

First Known Use of characterize

1633

Rhymes with characterize

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CHARACTERIZE Defined for Kids

characterize

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verb char·ac·ter·ize \ˈker-ək-tə-ˌrīz\

Definition of characterize

char·ac·ter·izedchar·ac·ter·iz·ing

  1. 1 :  to describe the special qualities of <I would characterize this as a positive change.>

  2. 2 :  to be a typical or distinguishing quality of <Mystery and intrigue characterize this story.>





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