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characterize

char·ac·ter·ize

characterize

 
 
pronunciation:
kae rk t raIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: characterized, characterizes, characterizing
definition 1: to describe (someone or something) in terms of what one considers to be the most distinguishing feature or features; ascribe certain characteristics to.
The press characterized him as a criminal.
similar words:
define, dominate, label, qualify, represent, stamp, style, type
definition 2: to be a distinguishing attribute or quality of.
Depth of knowledge by its author characterizes this book.
similar words:
feature, mark
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