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Definition of Characterize


  1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features.
  2. To engrave or imprint.
  3. To indicate the character of; to describe.
  4. To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of.

Characterize Quotations

I know that in the battle of ideas, Republican politicians are at a distinct disadvantage. Their fundamental philosophy - which I characterize as survival of the fittest, richest and whitest - is too callous for most Americans.
John Yarmuth

I love to play golf, and that's my arena. And you can characterize it and describe it however you want, but I have a love and a passion for getting that ball in the hole and beating those guys.
Tiger Woods

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Albert Einstein

I hope we will not so characterize religious people as being so narrow and so biased towards people not of their own religion that they cannot even work with them in this common cause to which you say they are committed.
Barney Frank

Junk, redundancy, and inefficiency characterize astrophysical signals. It seems they characterize cells and sea lions, too. These biological constructions have lots of superfluous and redundant parts, and are a long way from being optimally built or operated.
Seth Shostak
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Characterize Translations

characterize in Dutch is karakteriseren, kenmerken, tekenen
characterize in German is charakterisieren, charakterisiere
characterize in Portuguese is caracterize
characterize in Spanish is caracterizar
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