Char"ac*ter*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Characterized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.] [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charact'eriser.]

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. Arbuthot.

2.

To engrave or imprint.

[Obs.]

Sir M. Hale.

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.

 

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