Characterize

Char"ac*ter*ize

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Characterized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.] [LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactriser.] 1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features.
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European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian faces are Characterized.
Arbuthnot.
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2. To engrave or imprint. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.
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3. To indicate the character of; to describe.
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Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to characterize King William.
Johnson.
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4. To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of.
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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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Syn. -- To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style; particularize; entitle.
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