characterize Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"characterize" in British English

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characterizeverb [T]

(UK usually characterise) uk   /ˈkær.ɪk.tə.raɪz/  us   /ˈker.ɪk.tɚ.aɪz/
Something that characterizes another thing is ​typical of it: Bright ​colours and ​boldstrokes characterize his early ​paintings. to ​describe something by ​statingitsmainqualities: In her ​essay, she characterizes the ​wholeera as a ​period of ​radicalchange.
(Definition of characterize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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characterizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈkær·ək·təˌrɑɪz/
to have as a ​typicalquality: The ​currentsystem is characterized by ​obsoletetechnology. To characterize something also ​means to ​describe it by ​statingitsmainqualities: She characterized the ​novel as ​wordy in ​places but very ​funny.
(Definition of characterize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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