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"character" in American English

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characternoun

 us   /ˈkær·ək·tər/
  • character noun (QUALITY)

[C/U] the particular combination of things about a person or place, esp. things you cannot see, that make that person or place different from others: [C] The idea was to modernize the house without changing its homey character.
[C/U] Character is often used in a positive way to mean qualities that are interesting and unusual: [U] It’s a theater with a lot of character.
  • character noun (PERSON)

literature [C] a person represented in a movie, play, or story: The story revolves around three main characters.
[C] A character is also a person, esp. with reference to a particular quality that the person has: There were one or two suspicious-looking characters hanging around.
  • character noun (MARK)

grammar [C] a letter, number, or other mark or sign used in writing or printing, or the space one of these takes: This computer screen is 66 characters wide.
(Definition of character from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"character" in British English

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characternoun

uk   /ˈkær.ək.tər/  us   /ˈker.ək.tɚ/
  • character noun (QUALITY)

B1 [C or U] the particular combination of qualities in a person or place that makes them different from others: Politeness is traditionally part of the British character. It would be very out of character (= not typical) of her to lie. One of the joys of being a parent is watching the child's character develop. The idea was to modernize various aspects of the house without changing its essential character. It's not in his character to be (= he is not usually) jealous.
B2 [U] qualities that are interesting and unusual: a hotel of character I'd prefer an old place with a bit of character. Old books are said to give a room character. As people grow older, their faces acquire more character.
[U] the quality of being determined and able to deal with difficult situations: She has such strength of character.

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  • character noun (IN A STORY)

B1 [C] a person represented in a film, play, or story: The film revolves around three main characters. She had Mickey Mouse or some other cartoon/Disney character on her sweater. He made his name as a character actor (= an actor who plays unusual and often humorous people).

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  • character noun (PERSON)

C2 [C] a person, especially when you are describing a particular quality that they have: She's a curious character - I don't really know what to think of her. There were one or two strange-looking characters hanging around the bar.
C1 [C] informal someone whose behaviour is different from most people's, especially in a way that is interesting or funny: Ted's quite a character/a real character - he's 70 now and still riding that motorbike.

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  • character noun (MARK)

C1 [C] a letter, number, or other mark or sign used in writing or printing, or the space one of these takes: a string of characters (= a line of marks) The address was written in Chinese/Japanese characters (= systems of writing). The computer screen on this laptop is 66 characters (= spaces) wide.
(Definition of character from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"character" in Business English

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characternoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkærəktər/
IT a letter, number, or other symbol used in writing, especially in printed text or on a computer: Click on the "word count" tool to find out how many lines, words, or characters are in your document.
(Definition of character from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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