- 1Describe the distinctive nature or features of: she characterized the period as the decade of revolutionMore example sentences
distinguish, make distinctive, mark, set apart, identify, specify, signalize, indicate, denote, designate, stamp; typify, pervade, permeate, suffuseportray, depict, present, represent, describe, outline, delineate, show, draw, sketch; categorize, class, classify, style, brand
- It's just not accurate to characterize newspaper design as anything but dynamic.
- How could we characterise the nature of conflicts that have emerged throughout the world?
- Some historians characterize Du Bois's thinking as riddled with contradiction.
- 2(Of a feature or quality) be typical or characteristic of: the disease is characterized by weakening of the immune systemMore example sentences
- Australian media organizations do not seem to have been characterized by enlightened personnel practices.
- A predilection for forms over human figures characterises her work in installation art.
- It was a social relationship characterized by an unequal distribution of power and resources.
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- There is little detail of characterization; people are described mainly in brief physical terms.
- The vocal characterizations are a shallow mimicry of the first movie, and the plotting and characterization are poor as well.
- These differing characterizations lead to quite different conventions.
late 16th century (in the sense 'engrave, inscribe'): from French caractériser or medieval Latin characterizare, from Greek kharaktērizein, from kharaktēr 'a stamping tool'.