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Learner's definition of CHARACTER  
[count] : the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves: someone's personality— usually singular— often used before another noun
[count] : a set of qualities that are shared by many people in a group, country, etc.— usually singular
: a set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or things
◊ If something is in character with something else, it has the same qualities or characteristics as something else.
   b [noncount] : the qualities or characteristics that make something interesting or special
[count] : a person who appears in a story, book, play, movie, or television show
— see also cast of characters at 2cast
informal [count] 
: a particular type of person
   b : a person who says or does funny or unusual things
: the good qualities of a person that usually include moral or emotional strength, honesty, and fairness
◊ A test of (your) character is something that is difficult and that requires you to show that you are a good and emotionally strong person.
   b : the usually good beliefs or opinions that most people have about a particular person
[count] : a symbol (such as a letter or number) that is used in writing or printing

in character, out of character

— used to say that some action or behavior is or is not like someone's usual way of behaving
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