Meaning of characterize

char•ac•ter•ize

Pronunciation: (kar'ik-tu-rīz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to mark or distinguish as a characteristic; be a characteristic of: Rich metaphors characterize his poetry.
  2. to describe the character or individual quality of: He characterized her in a few well-chosen words.
  3. to attribute character to: to characterize him as a coward.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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