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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?.


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

Broader (hypernym)differentiate, distinguish, mark

Narrower (hyponym)define, individuate

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