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English definition of “characterize”

characterize

verb [T] (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.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance to describe something by stating its main qualities: In her essay, she characterizes the whole era as a period of radical change.Defining and explaining
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