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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : of the meaning of words or concepts; stated precisely [syn: