characterize

[kar-ik-tuh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), 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 individual quality of: He characterized her in a few well-chosen words.
3.
to attribute character to: to characterize him as a coward.
Also, especially British, characterise.


Origin:
1585–95; < Medieval Latin charactērizāre < Greek charaktērízein. See character, -ize

characterizable, adjective
characterizer, noun
mischaracterize, verb (used with object), mischaracterized, mischaracterizing.
noncharacterized, adjective
recharacterize, verb (used with object), recharacterized, recharacterizing.
uncharacterized, adjective
well-characterized, adjective
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characterize or characterise (ˈkærɪktəˌraɪz)
 
vb
1.  to be a characteristic of: loneliness characterized the place
2.  to distinguish or mark as a characteristic
3.  to describe or portray the character of
 
characterise or characterise
 
vb
 
'characterizable or characterise
 
adj
 
'characterisable or characterise
 
adj
 
'characterizer or characterise
 
n
 
'characteriser or characterise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

characterise
British spelling of characterize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize.

characterize
1591, "to engrave, write," from M.L. characterizare, from Gk. kharakterizein "to designate by a characteristic mark," from kharakter (see character). Meaning "to describe the qualities of" is recorded from 1633; that of "to be characteristic" is from 1744.
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Example sentences
Energy of expression, colour and variety of phrase, invention and redundancy characterise them all.
Nobody said anything about using one view to characterise any entire community.
Rather, the worry is of persistent price declines that characterise true deflation.
He is a self-made billionaire in a country in which dynastic tendencies still characterise the corporate world.
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