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 for characterized
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  characterized \characterized\ adj.
     stated precisely; -- of the meaning of words or concepts.
     [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Characterize \Char"ac*ter*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Characterized; p. pr. & vb. n. Characterizing.] [LL.
     characterizare, Gr. ?: cf. F. charact['e]riser.]
     1. To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or
        traits; to make with distinctive features.
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              European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian
              faces are Characterized.              --Arbuthnot.
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     2. To engrave or imprint. [Obs.] --Sir M. Hale.
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     3. To indicate the character of; to describe.
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              Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to
              characterize King William.            --Johnson.
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     4. To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the
        character of.
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              The softness and effeminacy which characterize the
              men of rank in most countries.        --W. Irving.
  
     5. (Chem.) to identify the structure or nature of; as, the
        antibiotic activity in the sample was characterized by
        HPLC, and proved to be erythromycin.
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     Syn: To describe; distinguish; mark; designate; style;
          particularize; entitle.
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