Definition of “character” - English Dictionary

“character” in 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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(Definition of “character” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“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 Business English

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characternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkærəktər/ us

IT a letter, number, or other symbol used in writing, especially in printed text or on a computer:

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(Definition of “character” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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The programme does not have the cross-border character required if one is to believe that the principle of subsidiarity has been respected.
The report is clearly supranational in character.
The latter have three characteristics: their specificity, their non-contributory character and the fact that they are in line with each country’s level of income.
I fear that our cultures, our identities and our specific character, which has, moreover, given birth to world civilisations, might suffer the same fate.
Unfortunately, however many amendments are made, they will not change the reactionary character of the budget, which is why we shall be voting against it.
I should therefore like us to retain our own individual character and also to value the important work that we are doing.
We have heard a speech that was extraordinary not only by reason of the character of the man delivering it, but also by reason of its extraordinary frankness.
The problem is, however, that the rigid character of these instruments is in itself a limitation to what we can do and how we can use them.
How many deaths have been caused as a result of asbestos misuse by firms, including after such a time when the harmful character of this substance was already well known?
In other words, this is a longstanding personal and academic association that predates my entry into politics, and its character has not changed since then.

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