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CHARACTERIZE, verb transitive

1. To give a character, or an account of the personal qualities of a man; to describe by peculiar qualities.

2. To distinguish; to mark, or express the character; to exhibit the peculiar qualities of a person or thing; as, humility characterizes the true Christian; the hero is characterized by bravery and magnanimity.

The system of mediation has characterized the entire scheme of divine dispensation.

3. To engrave or imprint.

4. To mark with a peculiar stamp, or figure.