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symbolize

[sim-buh-lahyz] /ˈsɪm bəˌlaɪz/
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 of symbolize
1580-1590
1580-90; < New Latin symbolizāre. See symbol, -ize
Related forms
resymbolize, verb, resymbolized, resymbolizing.
unsymbolized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for symbolises
Historical Examples
  • Prelates wear the purple which symbolises martyrdom: But who on earth has heard lately of the martyrdom of a Cardinal?

  • How perfectly the type, in this respect, then, symbolises sin!

  • Poor Pierrot is exhibited in a state of suspension, as hanging from the inverted letter L (Γ), which symbolises the fatal tree.

  • But I know that this is a form which pleases thee, which symbolises thy nobleness!

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • This symbolises the miraculous relighting of the taper after the devil had extinguished it.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • The curtain, which symbolises the sanctuary, still hangs behind the throne, but the gold background is abandoned.

    The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps
  • For the eastern poet he symbolises strength, grace and symmetry.

    Vidyapati Bangiya Padabali Vidyapati Thakura
  • Horn generally symbolises power; here it symbolises a king of peculiar power, Daniel tells us.

  • The weird mediaeval dream of the anti-Christ, drawn from Apocalyptic literature, symbolises this occult possibility.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • They came from seeing the symbol with the most vivid clarity and being blind to all that it symbolises.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for symbolises

symbolize

/ˈsɪmbəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to serve as or be a symbol of
2.
(transitive) usually foll by by. to represent by a symbol or symbols
3.
(intransitive) to use symbols
4.
(transitive) to treat or regard as symbolic or figurative
Derived Forms
symbolization, symbolisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for symbolises

symbolize

v.

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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