verb (used with object), symbolized, symbolizing.
to be a symbol of; stand for or represent in the manner of a symbol.
to represent by a symbol or symbols.
to regard or treat as symbolic.
verb (used without object), symbolized, symbolizing.
to use symbols.
Also, especially British, symbolise.

1580–90; < Neo-Latin symbolizāre. See symbol, -ize

resymbolize, verb, resymbolized, resymbolizing.
unsymbolized, adjective 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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Example sentences
They symbolize a people and represent national pride.
These treaties represent a great achievement, both for their practical benefits
  and in what they symbolize.
Cut out pictures from magazines that represent or symbolize your essential
  characteristics and qualities.
Not too bad for an animal long thought to symbolize evil.
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