character

noun
1 person's nature/person with a particular nature
ADJECTIVE
excellent, exemplary, good, impeccable
generous, gentle, likeable, lovable, popular
colourful/colorful, larger-than-life, lively, real

You must have come across some real characters, working in the circus.

reformed

He used to go out every night, but now he's a reformed character.

complex, elusive, enigmatic, odd
forceful, formidable, strong
weak
volatile
prickly, unpleasant, unsavoury/unsavory
bad, evil, ruthless, violent
dubious, shady, suspicious

Who's that suspicious character hanging around outside?

true
local

The bar was full of interesting local characters.

human
moral

a woman of impeccable moral character

VERB + CHARACTER
be, have
form, shape
reveal

She revealed her true character when anyone disagreed with her.

conceal, hide
reflect

His scruffy appearance does not reflect his character.

CHARACTER + NOUN
trait
defect, flaw
change

She's undergone a complete character change since her promotion.

reference

Applicants had to obtain character references before being considered for the work.

assassination

The lawyer attempted a character assassination of the witness (= tried to show the witness had a bad character).

actor, actress
PREPOSITION
in sb's character

It's not in his character to tell lies.

out of character

The lawyer argued that his client's violent reaction was out of character.

2 nature of sth
ADJECTIVE
distinctive, individual, unique
essential, fundamental, intrinsic
original
traditional

The renovated buildings retain their traditional character.

international, national, regional

the features that make up the national character

Food in Italy has a distinct regional character.

intimate
public

the public character of material published on the Internet

military, political
rural, urban

The development detracts from the rural character of the area.

VERB + CHARACTER
have

Each house in the street has its own distinctive character.

assume, take on

As you move north, the landscape takes on a different character.

form

factors that form the character of a nation

lose

The town has lost much of its original character.

retain
preserve
give sth

It's the basil that gives the sauce its essential character.

PREPOSITION
in character

The houses are Mediterranean in character.

3 interesting quality that sth has
ADJECTIVE
considerable, great
VERB + CHARACTER
have

His face has character—I'll say that for it.

add, give sth

the individual touches that give character to a house

PREPOSITION
of character

buildings of considerable character

PHRASES
full of character

The restaurant is cheap and full of character.

have a character (all) of its own

Your handwriting has a character of its own.

4 person's inner strength
ADJECTIVE
great
VERB + CHARACTER
show

The team showed great character in coming back to win.

build

Adventure camps are considered to be character-building.

PHRASES
strength of character
5 person in a story, film/movie, etc.
ADJECTIVE
central, chief, lead, leading, main, principal, title
minor, supporting
fictional, fictitious
believable, realistic
sympathetic, unsympathetic
comic, heroic, tragic
animated, cartoon
VERB + CHARACTER
play, portray

The main character is played by Nicole Kidman.

inhabit

The two lead actors inhabit their characters fully.

build, create, develop, invent

the artist who developed the Superman character

feature

The film also features the new character Mary Anna Morrison.

depict, draw
introduce
kill off

The writers killed off her character when she wanted to leave the soap.

CHARACTER + NOUN
development
PREPOSITION
in character

The actors remained in character to answer questions from the audience.

6 letter/sign in writing/printing
ADJECTIVE
Chinese, etc.
ASCII, numeric
… OF CHARACTERS
set, string
VERB + CHARACTER
insert
delete
CHARACTER + NOUN
set, string

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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