Hypertext Webster Gateway: "characterized"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Characterize \Char"ac*ter*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Characterized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Characterizing}.] [LL.
characterizare, Gr. ?: cf. F. charact['e]riser.]
1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or
traits; to make with distinctive features.

European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian
faces are Characterized. --Arbuthnot.

2. To engrave or imprint. [Obs.] --Sir M. Hale.

3. To indicate the character of; to describe.

Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to
characterize King William. --Johnson.

4. To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the
character of.

The softness and effeminacy which characterize the
men of rank in most countries. --W. Irving.

Syn: To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style;
particularize; entitle.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : of the meaning of words or concepts; stated precisely [syn:

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