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Meaning of characterize by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Medieval Latin characterizare, from Ancient Greek χαρακτηρίζω ( “to designate by a characteristic mark” ), from χαρακτήρ ( “a mark, character” ) .

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    • characterize in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • characterize in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of characterize by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

    2. You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist
      This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover
    3. be characteristic of

    4. What characterizes a Venetian painting?

    Definition of characterize by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Characterize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Characterized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.] [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactériser.]
      1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features.

      European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian faces are Characterized. Arbuthnot.

      2. To engrave or imprint. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.

      3. To indicate the character of; to describe.

      Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to characterize King William. Johnson.

      4. To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of.

      The softness and effeminacy which characterize the men of rank in most countries. W. Irving.

      5. ( Chem. ) to identify the structure or nature of; as, “the antibiotic activity in the sample was characterized by HPLC, and proved to be erythromycin”.

      Syn. -- To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style; particularize; entitle.