Char·ac·ter·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Characterized p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.]
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.]
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.
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]