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.