CHARACTERIZE - tr.v., -ized, -iz·ing, -iz·es. To describe the qualities or peculiarities of: characterized the warden as ruthless. To be a distinctive trait or mark of; distinguish: the rash and high fever that characterize this disease; a region that is characterized by its dikes and canals.
TYPIFY - tr.v., -fied, -fy·ing, -fies. To serve as a typical example of; embody the essential characteristics of: a painting that typifies the artist's work. To represent by an image, a form, or a model; symbolize or prefigure.