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[sim-buh-lahyz] /ˈsɪm bəˌlaɪz/
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.
Origin of symbolize
1580-90; < New Latin symbolizāre. See symbol, -ize
Related forms
resymbolize, verb, resymbolized, resymbolizing.
unsymbolized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for symbolizes
  • 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.
  • The machine symbolizes the industrial forestry that dominates the southern and northern extremities of the region.
  • Taken all in all, then, this letter clearly symbolizes the beginning of an internal reconciliation with his colleagues.
  • Coffee often symbolizes the need to stimulate new ideas.
  • The extensive root system over my repaired heal symbolizes stability, strength and recovery.
  • To insist this is the only purpose served by the deeply meaningful commitment marriage symbolizes cheapens it.
  • Food symbolizes many aspects of everyday culture and is a vehicle for social relations.
British Dictionary definitions for symbolizes


(transitive) to serve as or be a symbol of
(transitive) usually foll by by. to represent by a symbol or symbols
(intransitive) to use symbols
(transitive) to treat or regard as symbolic or figurative
Derived Forms
symbolization, symbolisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for symbolizes



c.1600, "to represent by a symbol," also "to be a symbol of," from French symboliser, from Modern Latin symbolizare, from symbolum (see symbol). Related: Symbolized; symbolizes; symbolizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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