characterize

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char·ac·ter·ize / ˈkariktəˌrīz/ • v. [tr.] 1. describe the distinctive nature or features of. 2. (often be characterized) (of a feature or quality) be typical or characteristic of: the disease is characterized by weakening of the immune system. DERIVATIVES: char·ac·ter·i·za·tion / ˌkariktərəˈzāshən/ n.