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Characterize Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    characterize v
  1. 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" [syn: qualify, characterise]
  2. be characteristic of; "What characterizes a Venetian painting?" [syn: characterise]
Characterize Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Characterize \Char"ac*ter*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Characterized; p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.] [LL. characterizare, Gr. ?: cf. F. charact['e]riser.]
  1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features. European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian faces are Characterized. --Arbuthnot.
  2. To engrave or imprint. [Obs.] --Sir M. Hale.
  3. To indicate the character of; to describe. Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to characterize King William. --Johnson.
  4. 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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    * It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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