characterize Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
- You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist
- This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover
verb be characteristic of
- What characterizes a Venetian painting?
Char"ac*ter*ize transitive verb
To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features.
European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian faces are Characterized. Arbuthot.
To engrave or imprint.Obs. Sir M. Hale.
To indicate the character of; to describe.
Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to characterize King William. Johnson.
To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of.
The softness and effeminacy which characterize the men of rank in most countries. W. Irving.
Syn. -- To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style; particularize; entitle.
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