verb (used with object), char·ac·ter·ized, char·ac·ter·iz·ing.
Origin of characterize
Examples from the Web for 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’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The administration repeatedly refused to characterize the matter in terms of national security interests.
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|Elizabeth Lopatto|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How would you characterize the Ukrainian uprising of 2013-2014?Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime|Richard Porton|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We may, in the first place, assume that law or plan must characterize creation.The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science|John William Dawson
The extent and variety of Mr. Rollins's business relations make it impossible to characterize them with brevity.
These two features suffice to characterize her malady, which was moral as well as physical.
They realized the proper qualities which should characterize one placed in this responsible position, and chose accordingly.The Story of Malta|Maturin M. Ballou
She had no cultured phrase to characterize the sensation as a presentiment, but she was conscious of the prophetic process.'way Down In Lonesome Cove|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
British Dictionary definitions for characterize
Word Origin and History for characterize
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.