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[sim-buh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɪm bə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin of symbolization
First recorded in 1595-1605; symbolize + -ation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • According to the early Christian symbolization, the ship denoted the Church.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The resurrection of itself is an event of such a peculiar nature as to forbid its symbolization.

  • symbolization of the offering of self is made by a silver string as long as the giver is tall.

  • The simplification of life is attained in dreams through three processes, visualization, condensation and symbolization.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • symbolization is a reduction of an object to one essential detail which has struck us as more important than the others.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • The fancy is rather poetical and this example is quite typical of the symbolization of our lifes incidents by the dream work.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • Besides time, mood was also expressed by the primitive Indo-European verb, recourse being had to symbolization for the purpose.

symbolization in Medicine

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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