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characterize

verb [T]  /ˈkær·ək·təˌrɑɪz/ us  
to have as a typical quality: The current system is characterized by obsolete technology. To characterize something also means to describe it by stating its main qualities: She characterized the novel as wordy in places but very funny.
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