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characterize

verb
     
char‧ac‧ter‧ize W3 also characterise British English [transitive]
1 to describe the qualities of someone or something in a particular way [= portray]
characterize somebody as (being) something
The group was characterized as being well-educated and liberal.
2 to be typical of a person, place, or thing:
Bright colours characterize his paintings.

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