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English verb: characterize

1. characterize (communication) describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of


SamplesYou can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist.
This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover.


Synonymscharacterise, qualify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remember, think of


Narrower (hyponym)differentiate, distinguish, mark, stamp

2. characterize (stative) be characteristic of


SamplesWhat characterizes a Venetian painting?.


Synonymscharacterise


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)differentiate, distinguish, mark


Narrower (hyponym)define, individuate









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