symbolize

[sim-buh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), symbolized, symbolizing.
1.
to be a symbol of; stand for or represent in the manner of a symbol.
2.
to represent by a symbol or symbols.
3.
to regard or treat as symbolic.
verb (used without object), symbolized, symbolizing.
4.
to use symbols.
Also, especially British, symbolise.


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

resymbolize, verb, resymbolized, resymbolizing.
unsymbolized, adjective
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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
 
vb
 
symboli'zation or symbolise
 
n
 
symboli'sation or symbolise
 
n

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Example sentences
Wear a suit, whatever your gender: a jacket symbolizes self-confidence and
  authority.
Each dot symbolizes a stage in the journey to being protected and blessed.
If you are going to include every part of the world except those two, it really
  symbolizes something.
And again, the argument by proxy--King symbolizes everything right.
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