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Definition of characterize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they characterize
    he / she / it characterizes
    past simple characterized
    -ing form characterizing
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  1. 1characterize somebody/something to be typical of a person, place, or thing the rolling hills that characterize this part of Virginia
  2. 2characterize somebody/something [often passive] to give something its typical or most noticeable qualities or features The city is characterized by tall modern buildings of steel and glass.
  3. 3characterize somebody/something (as something) to describe or show the qualities of someone or something in a particular way activities that are characterized as “male” or “female” work How would you characterize the mood of the 1990s?
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