|Characterize (Char"ac*ter*ize) (?), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Characterized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.]
[LL. characterizare, Gr. ¿: cf. F. charactériser.]
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." Arbuthot.
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.
Synonyms -- To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style; particularize; entitle.
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