Characterize

Definition of Characterize

Char´ac`ter`ize
v. t.1.To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features.
[imp. & p. p. Characterized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.]
2.To engrave or imprint.
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.

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