V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to describe the character or characteristics of somebody or something; 2. to be typical of the way a particular person or thing behaves or looks

Synonyms: distinguish, depict, portray, describe, typify, identify, designate


Tips: When you describe a person's character, you may characterize him or her as being friendly, intelligent, kind, mean, etc. Characterize is often used as a more sophisticated way of saying "describe."

Usage Examples:

His employees characterized him as an intelligent man. (depicted, portrayed)

In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird," Atticus Finch is characterized by his quiet dignity. (distinguished, identified)

Many people remember the 1980's as a time characterized by corporate greed. (distinguished, typified)

I would characterize the program as being very reflective and insightful. (describe)

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