verb (used with object), char·ac·ter·ized, char·ac·ter·iz·ing.
Origin of characterize
Related Words for characterizeportray, represent, outline, describe, mark, indicate, identify, symbolize, define, delineate, style, signalize, discriminate, stamp, brand, singularize, feature, pigeonhole, personalize, constitute
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Contemporary Examples of characterize
So if the people in London and New York are more real, how would you characterize Angelenos?Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
November 22, 2014
How would you characterize the relationship now between you and Jack?All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
The administration repeatedly refused to characterize the matter in terms of national security interests.How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy
July 29, 2014
Those models have gotten more sophisticated, so they need more data in order to characterize the fuels that can be consumed.Fighting Wildfire With Satellites, Lasers, and Drones
July 9, 2014
How would you characterize the Ukrainian uprising of 2013-2014?Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime
May 24, 2014
Historical Examples of characterize
Calmness, justice, and consideration should characterize our diplomacy.
I dodge discrimination, and characterize them en masse by negations.
Let neatness, and order, characterize all your arrangements.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
I leave the reader to characterize a system which is endangered by such causes.My Bondage and My Freedom
Softness, gentleness, composure, characterize every movement.The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers
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.