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  1. Characterize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Characterized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.] [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactériser.]
    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.] 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.

    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”.

    Syn. -- To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style; particularize; entitle.

  2. characterized adj. stated precisely; -- of the meaning of words or concepts.