the act or process of symbolizing.
Psychoanalysis. an unconscious mental process whereby one object or idea comes to stand for another through some part, quality, or aspect that the two share in common, with the symbol carrying the emotional feelings vested in the initial object or idea.

1595–1605; symbolize + -ation Unabridged
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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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symbolization sym·bol·i·za·tion (sĭm'bə-lĭ-zā'shən)
An unconscious mental mechanism whereby one object or idea is represented by another and is not consciously recognized as such.

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The book is modern, colorful, and includes a variety of map styles and data symbolization techniques.
Concrete experience should be a first step in the development of new abstract concepts and their symbolization.
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