Pronunciation: (kar'ik-tu-rīz"), [key]
v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to mark or distinguish as a characteristic; be a characteristic of: Rich metaphors characterize his poetry.
2. to describe the character or individual quality of: He characterized her in a few well-chosen words.
3. to attribute character to: to characterize him as a coward. Also, esp. Brit.,char'ac•ter•ise".

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

characterizationcharacter piece
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