World English Dictionary
symbolize or symbolise (ˈsɪmbəˌlaɪz)
vb (usually foll by by)
1.  (tr) to serve as or be a symbol of
2.  to represent by a symbol or symbols
3.  (intr) to use symbols
4.  (tr) to treat or regard as symbolic or figurative
symbolise or symbolise
symboli'zation or symbolise
symboli'sation or symbolise

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1. the use of symbols to convey meaning [syn: symbolization
2. something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States" [syn: symbol
3. the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning [syn: symbolism
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