- To characterize is to describe something by its distinctive and unique features.
- An example of to characterize is viewing religious devotion as a trait that characterizes a priest.
- An example of a situation where you characterize the author is when you describe an author's work as sentimental.
characterize definition by Webster's New World
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characterize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb character·ized, character·iz·ing, character·iz·es
- To describe the qualities or peculiarities of: characterized the warden as ruthless.
- To be a distinctive trait or mark of; distinguish: the rash and high fever that characterize this disease; a region that is characterized by its dikes and canals.
- charˈac·ter·izˌer noun