"characterize" in the verb sense
1. qualify, characterize, characterise
describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
"You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist"
"This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover"
2. characterize, characterise
be characteristic of
"What characterizes a Venetian painting?"
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