Definition: describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
Usage: You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist; This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover
Definition: keep in mind for attention or consideration
Usage: Remember the Alamo; Remember to call your mother every day!; Think of the starving children in India!
Definition: be characteristic of
Usage: What characterizes a Venetian painting?
Definition: be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
Usage: His modesty distinguishes him from his peers