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. [1913 Webster]

European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian faces are Characterized. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. To engrave or imprint. [Obs.] --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

3. To indicate the character of; to describe. [1913 Webster]

Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to characterize King William. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

4. To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of. [1913 Webster]

The softness and effeminacy which characterize the men of rank in most countries. --W. Irving.

5. (Chem.) to identify the structure or nature of; as, the antibiotic activity in the sample was characterized by HPLC, and proved to be erythromycin. [PJC]

Syn: To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style; particularize; entitle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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