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characterize

Line breaks: char|ac¦ter|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəktərʌɪz
 
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(also characterise)

Definition of characterize in English:

verb

[with object]
1Describe the distinctive nature or features of: she characterized the period as the decade of revolution
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
distinguish, make distinctive, mark, set apart, identify, specify, signalize, indicate, denote, designate, stamp;
typify, pervade, permeate, suffuse
categorize, class, classify, style, brand
2(Of a feature or quality) be typical or characteristic of: the disease is characterized by weakening of the immune system
More 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.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'engrave, inscribe'): from French caractériser or medieval Latin characterizare, from Greek kharaktērizein, from kharaktēr 'a stamping tool'.

Derivatives

characterization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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