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rfv-sense: to characterizemsh210 23:35, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

Not in my MW3, which has but one sense, like ours, for the word. Characterize is not even a synonym. Categorization is one way of characterizing. What kind of a -nym is that again ? DCDuring TALK 02:55, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
Sounds like a hyponym. Problem with hyponyms of abstract terms is it's hard to draw the line between the term being used as such and being used to refer to its superordinate. "I categorized him as an idiot" -- did I really place him in a mental/linguistic category of idiots, or do I mean "characterize"? -- Visviva 06:12, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
I take it as the former.—msh210 17:25, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
I've heard it used that way many times. I've always considered it a simple error, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't include it (though it does mean we might want to consider tagging it {{context|perhaps|nonstandard}} or something). —RuakhTALK 05:11, 25 January 2008 (UTC)