verb (used with object), char·ac·ter·ized, char·ac·ter·iz·ing.
- characteristic root,
- characteristic vector,
- characteristic velocity,
- characteristic x-ray,
Origin of characterize
Examples from the Web for characterise
He likes small windows and greatly dislikes the sweeping areas of glass and metal that characterise the work of Richard Rogers.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What beast save the goat could characterise Alexander and his reign?The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882|Joseph Wild
It would appear that servants had in his day many of the faults which characterise some of them at present.History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
But this kind of indolence respecting what does not immediately concern them seems to characterise the Danes.
As nothing passed at this supper to characterise the country, I shall here close my letter.
For consider the facts which characterise the movements of an outer planet such as Mars.Great Astronomers|R. S. Ball
1590s, "to engrave, write," back-formation from characterization, or else from Medieval Latin characterizare, from Greek kharakterizein "to designate by a characteristic mark," from kharakter (see character). Meaning "to describe the qualities of" is recorded from 1630s; that of "to be characteristic" is from 1744. Related: Characterized; characterizing.