Character meaning

kărək-tər
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Character is defined as a trait, quality or high moral code.

An example of character is someone who is known for being funny.

An example of character is a person who is trustworthy.

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The definition of a character is a unique symbol, letter or mark used in writing.

An example of character is an asterisk.

An example of character is the at symbol.

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Of or relating to one's character.
adjective
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A formal written statement as to competency and dependability, given by an employer to a former employee; a recommendation.
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To write, print, engrave, or inscribe.
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The trace function of a representation.
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A distinctive trait, quality, or attribute; characteristic.
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To portray or describe; characterize.
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Dedicated to the portrayal of a person with regard to distinguishing psychological or physical features.

A character sketch.

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A description of a person's attributes, traits, or abilities.
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Style of printing or handwriting.
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A single alphabetic letter, numeric digit, or special symbol such as a decimal point or comma. A character is equivalent to a byte; for example, 50,000 characters take up 50,000 bytes. The word "character" itself takes up nine bytes. See character based.
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An odd, eccentric, or noteworthy person.
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A structure, function, or attribute of an organism, influenced by genetic, environmental, and developmental factors.
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The pattern of behavior or personality found in an individual or group; moral constitution.
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To represent; portray.
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A personage.

Great characters in history.

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Any attribute, as color, shape, etc., caused in an individual by the action of one or more genes.
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(dated) The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation.

A man's character for truth and veracity.

Her actions give her a bad character.

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To write, print, or inscribe.
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A letter (e.g., a,A, b, and B), number (0, 1, 2, or 3), punctuation mark (e.g., ;, :,`, or "), or other symbol (e.g., @, #, $, or %) or control code (e.g., carriage return (CR), line feed (LF), acknowledgement (ACK), or negative acknowledgement (NAK)) that can be represented by a single data byte. See also byte.
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A being involved in the action of a story.
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A complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group.

A study of the suspect's character and his cast iron alibi ruled him out.

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A unique or extraordinary individual; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits, especially charisma.

Julius Caesar is a great historical character.

That bloke is such a character.

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A distinctive mark.
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Essential quality; nature; kind or sort.
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Moral strength; self-discipline, fortitude, etc.
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Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; moral strength.

He has a great deal of character.

"You may not like to eat liver," said Calvin's father, "but it builds character."

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A statement about the behavior, qualities, etc. of a person, esp. as given by a former employer; reference.
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To characterize.
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A structure, function, or attribute of an organism, influenced by genetic, environmental, and developmental factors.
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A structure, function, or attribute determined by a gene or a group of genes.
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A symbol, such as a letter, number, or punctuation mark, that occupies one byte of memory.
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A written or printed symbol, or letter.
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Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the particular form of letters used by a person or people.

An inscription in the Runic character.

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(computing) One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character.
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(informal) A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions.

We saw a shady character slinking out of the office with some papers.

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(mathematics) A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.
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Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty.

In the miserable character of a slave.

In his character as a magistrate.

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(dated) A reference given to a servant, attesting to his/her behaviour, competence, etc.
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Status; position.
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(obsolete) To write (using characters); To describe.
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in character
  • Consistent with someone's general character or behavior:.
    Behavior that was totally in character.
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out of character
  • Inconsistent with someone's general character or behavior:.
    A response so much out of character that it amazed me.
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in (or out of) character
  • Consistent with (or inconsistent with) the role or general character.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in (<i>or</i> out of) character

Origin of character

  • Middle English carecter distinctive mark, imprint on the soul from Old French caractere from Latin charactēr from Greek kharaktēr from kharassein to inscribe from kharax kharak- pointed stick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English caracter, from Old French caractere, from Latin character, from Ancient Greek χαρακτήρ (kharaktēr, “type, nature, character”), from χαράσσω (kharassō, “I engrave”).

    From Wiktionary