Pronunciation of Characterize
/kˈaɹɪktəɹˌa͡ɪz/, /kˈaɹɪktəɹˌa‍ɪz/, /k_ˈa_ɹ_ɪ_k_t_ə_ɹ_ˌaɪ_z/

Antonyms for characterize

mix up, confuse.

Synonyms for characterize

Sense 1 (noun)

bracket, categorize, class, classify, define, delineate, describe, designate, grade, group, portray, rank, sort.

Sense 2 (noun)

discriminate, distinguish, embody, epitomize, exemplify, feature, identify, mark, typify, enter into, come down to.

Sense 3 (noun)

call, label, name, specific, style, tag, term, words.

Sense 4 (noun)

differentiate, individualize, same, signalize, singularize, set apart.

characterize (noun)

characterise, qualify.

dramatize (verb)

act, burlesque, choreograph, dramatize, improvise, mime, pantomime, play, present.

typify, distinguish (verb)

belong to, brand, constitute, define, delineate, describe, designate, differentiate, discriminate, feature, identify, indicate, individualize, individuate, inform, mark, outline, peg, personalize, pigeonhole, portray, represent, signalize, singularize, stamp, style, symbolize, tab, typecast, Peculiarize, make up, button down.

Sense 1

benchmark, classification, classify, come into, compartmentalize, constituent, designate, distinguish, epitomize, exemplify, individualize, linnaean, portray, reclassify, singularize, taxonomy, type, typify, set apart, enter into, identify with, come down to, hold up as, mark as, pass for, put down as.

Sense 2

bracket, comprise, constitute, define, embody, grade, infiltrate, personify, pigeonhole, signalize.

Sense 3

accompany, descend, lump.

Sense 4

band, belong to, differentiate, discriminate, feature, group, label, mark, represent.

Sense 5


Sense 6

cast, class, count.

Sense 7


Sense 9


Sense 10

call, rank.







Usage examples for characterize

  1. I cannot characterize it in any other way. – Critiques and Addresses by Thomas Henry Huxley
  2. It is then not by the abolition of reasoning, any more than by the closing of the senses, that we characterize dreaming. – Dreams by Henri Bergson
  3. Thus two things characterize genius; at first, the vivacity of the need it has of producing, then the power of producing; for the need without the power is only a malady that resembles genius, but is not it. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  4. I suppose all of us have the proper place where a blow should fall to be felt most- and I truly wish you may never feel what I have to bear in looking on, quite powerless, and silent, while you are subjected to this treatment, which I refuse to characterize- so blind is it for blindness. – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  5. Her figure, tall and slender, with very delicate limbs and long, slender hands and feet, has in carriage and movements something of the harsh, so to say, repellant charm with which the Greeks loved to characterize their Diana statues. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  6. Striking effects of light and shade, peculiar attitudes, scenic groups, the perpetual and dramatic introduction of legendary scenes and personages, of visions and miracles of the Madonna vouchsafed to her votaries, characterize the productions of the seventeenth century. – Legends of the Madonna by Mrs. Jameson