characterize characterize  /ˈkɛ rək tə ˌraɪz/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
  2. (v) be characteristic of

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Once he could characterize plaques and measure their size, he could evaluate how well anticholesterol medications were doing their job.
  2. Though he was healthy, Hahnemann dosed himself with the drug and observed that he experienced the same fevers and chills that characterize the disease it is supposed to cure.
  3. I mention this because you cannot accurately characterize Stella McCartney, 37, without underlining that she is a vegetarian.

News

  1. Syrian Rebels Raid Shiite Village

    Beirut — Syrian rebels, including Sunni extremists, stormed a village and battled pro-regime militiamen, killing more than 60 Shiite fighters and civilians in an attack steeped in the sectarian hatreds that increasingly characterize the civil war, activists said yesterday.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Valley News

  2. Syrian extremist rebels raid Shiite village

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels, including Sunni extremists, stormed a village and battled pro-regime militiamen, killing more than 60 Shiite fighters and civilians in an attack steeped in the sectarian hatreds that increasingly characterize the civil war, activists said Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Proposed ASTM Concrete Standard Will Characterize Drying Behavior of New and Existing Mixture ...

    Developed by Subcommittee C09.66 on Concrete’s Resistance to Fluid Penetration, part of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, ASTM WK37029 will be used by ready-mix concrete producers to characterize drying behavior of new and existing concrete mixture proportions. Purpose of standard is to provide information on mass loss versus time (drying) behavior of initially saturated ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ThomasNet

Quotes

  1. "I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20-billion shakedown," Barton told Hayward at the House energy and commerce subcommittee...
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Joe Barton Source: Vancouver Sun

  2. "I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that private citizens can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $700 billion shakedown," Feingold added. "So I apologize."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Bart Stupak Source: Gainesville Sun

  3. "I'm not quite sure how I would characterize my politics, but one thing I do know is that my politics would be, must be, have to be, completely separate from my judging," said Kagan, who seemed all but assured of confirmation.
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Elena Kagan Source: AFP

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