A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to define)
a. to characterize
Los trazos que caracterizan estos cuadros son simétricos.The lines which characterize these paintings are symmetrical.
b. to characterise (United Kingdom)
Hay varios elementos esenciales que caracterizan esta corriente artística.There are several basic elements which characterise this artistic movement.
c. to be characteristic of
El suspenso caracteriza las novelas de Agatha Christie.Suspense is characteristic of Agatha Christie novels.
d. to typify
Los tejidos sedosos y de color oscuro caracterizan esta colección de ropa.Silky, dark fabrics typify this clothing line.
e. to be typical of
Los tomates y el aceite de oliva caracterizan la dieta mediterránea.Tomatoes and olive oil are typical of the Mediterranean diet.
2. (to depict)
a. to portray
La novela caracteriza al protagonista como un hombre solitario y sin amigos.The novel portrays the protagonist as a reserved man without any friends.
3. (to act)
a. to play
Juan caracterizó el personaje de Napoleón a la perfección.Juan played the character of Napoleon perfectly.
b. to portray
El actor caracterizó a más de veinte personajes en solo un año.The actor portrayed more than twenty characters in just one year.
4. (film, theater, television)
a. to make up
La actriz de la obra iba caracterizada de pordiosera.The actress in the play was made up as a beggar.
b. to dress up (with costumes)
Su trabajo consiste en caracterizar a los actores para su papel.His work consists in dressing up actors for their parts.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to be defined; used with "por")
a. to be characterized by
Hay personajes famosos que solo se caracterizan por su presencia en los medios sociales.There are celebrities who are just characterized by their presence on social media.
b. to be noted for
El nuevo modelo se caracteriza por su velocidad.The new model is noted for its speed.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
6. (film, theater, television)
a. to make oneself up
Lidia se caracterizó de diosa romana para la obra.Lidia made herself up as a Roman goddess for the play.
b. to dress up (with costumes)
En las clases de teatro, solíamos caracterizarnos para representar mejor el papel.In drama class, we used to dress up to help with our performance.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (definir)
a. to characterize
con la amabilidad que la caracterizawith the kindness so typical of her
2. (representar)
a. to portray
3. (maquillar)
a. to make up
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (general)
a. to be characterized
se caracteriza por su bajo consumo de energíait is notable for its low energy consumption
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
transitive verb
1 (gen) to characterize; (distinguir) to distinguish; set apart; (tipificar) to typify
2 (Teat) [+papel] to play with great effect
3 (honrar) to confer (a) distinction on; confer an honour on
pronominal verb
caracterizarse por algo to be characterized by sth
El mundo árabe, por el contrario, se caracteriza por una familia comunitaria endógama enfermedad hereditaria que se caracteriza por el color amarillento de la piel la era tecnológica se caracteriza por la mayor tendenciaal aislamiento de las personas
2 (Teat) to make up; dress for the part
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Machine Translators
Translate caracterizar using machine translators
See Machine Translations
Want to Learn Spanish?
Spanish learning for everyone. For free.
SpanishDict Premium
Have you tried it yet? Here's what's included:
Cheat sheets
No ads
Learn offline on iOS
Fun phrasebooks
Learn Spanish faster
Support SpanishDict