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English definition of “characterize”

characterize

verb [T] uk (UK usually characterise)   /ˈkær.ɪk.tə.raɪz/ us    /ˈker.ɪk.tɚ.aɪz/
Something that characterizes another thing is typical of it: Bright colours and bold strokes characterize his early paintings. to describe something by stating its main qualities: In her essay, she characterizes the whole era as a period of radical change.
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