characterize

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

Definition of characterize

characterized

;

characterizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to describe the character (see 1character 2a) or quality of characterizes him as ambitious

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

Examples of characterize in a sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of characterize

see 1character


First Known Use: circa 1602


CHARACTERIZE Defined for English Language Learners

characterize

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

Definition of characterize for English Language Learners

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

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


CHARACTERIZE Defined for Kids

characterize

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

Definition of characterize for Students

characterized

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characterizing

  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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