characterize vs represent what difference

what is difference between characterize and represent

English

Alternative forms

  • characterise

Etymology

From Medieval Latin characterizare, from Ancient Greek χαρακτηρίζω (kharaktērízō, to designate by a characteristic mark), from χαρακτήρ (kharaktḗr, a mark, character). Synchronically analyzable as character +‎ -ize.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɛɹəktəɹaɪz/, /ˈkæɹəktəɹaɪz/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkæɹəktəɹaɪz/
  • Hyphenation: char‧ac‧ter‧ize

Verb

characterize (third-person singular simple present characterizes, present participle characterizing, simple past and past participle characterized)

  1. (transitive) To depict someone or something a particular way (often negative).
  2. (transitive) To be typical of.
  3. (transitive) To determine the characteristics of.

Derived terms

  • characterization
  • subcharacterize

Translations

Further reading

  • characterize in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • characterize in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


English

Etymology 1

From Old French représenter, from Latin repraesentō.

Alternative forms

  • repræsent (archaic)

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɹɛp.ɹɪ.ˈzɛnt/

Verb

represent (third-person singular simple present represents, present participle representing, simple past and past participle represented)

  1. (transitive) To present again or anew; to present by means of something standing in the place of; to exhibit the counterpart or image of; to typify.
  2. (transitive) To portray visually; to delineate
  3. (transitive) To portray by mimicry or acting; to act the part or character of
    Synonym: play
  4. (transitive) To stand or act in the place of; to perform the duties, exercise the rights, or otherwise act on behalf of
  5. (politics, transitive) To act as a representative of (a country, state, district etc.)
  6. (transitive) To portray to another using language; to show; to give one’s own impressions and judgement of
  7. (transitive) To give an account of; to describe.
  8. (transitive) To serve as a sign or symbol of
  9. (transitive) To bring a certain sensation of into the mind; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.
  10. (transitive) To form or image again in consciousness, as an object of cognition or apprehension (something presentative, which was originally apprehended by direct presentation).
  11. (transitive) To constitute, to make up, to be an example of.
  12. (sports, transitive) To participate as a team member
  13. (intransitive, African-American Vernacular) To constitute a good example or symbol of a group of people; to acquit oneself well.
    • 1999, Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, Still D.R.E.
      I’m representing for the gangsters all across the world.
      Still hitting them corners in them low lows girl.
Synonyms
  • (to constitute): form, make up; see also Thesaurus:compose
Derived terms
  • under-represent, underrepresent
Related terms
  • representability
  • representable
  • representation
  • representative
Translations

Etymology 2

re- +‎ present.

Alternative forms

  • re-present

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɹi(ː).pɹɪ.ˈzɛnt/

Verb

represent (third-person singular simple present represents, present participle representing, simple past and past participle represented)

  1. (medicine) To present again, for instance for medical attention.
Related terms
  • representation

Further reading

  • represent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • represent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • represent at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • presenter, repenters

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