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characterize

[ kar-ik-tuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈkær ɪk təˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), char·ac·ter·ized, char·ac·ter·iz·ing.

to mark or distinguish as a characteristic; be a characteristic of: Rich metaphors characterize his poetry.
to describe the character or individual quality of: He characterized her in a few well-chosen words.
to attribute character to: to characterize him as a coward.

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Also especially British, char·ac·ter·ise .

Origin of characterize

1585–95; <Medieval Latin charactērizāre<Greek charaktērízein.See character, -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for characterize

characterize

characterise

/ (ˈkærɪktəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to be a characteristic ofloneliness characterized the place
to distinguish or mark as a characteristic
to describe or portray the character of

Derived forms of characterize

characterizable or characterisable, adjectivecharacterizer or characteriser, noun
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