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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
From the New Latin word symbolizāre, dating back to 1580-90. See symbol, -ize
Related forms
resymbolize, verb, resymbolized, resymbolizing.
unsymbolized, adjective
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  • She cannot work the problem for thinking of what it symbolizes.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • And in the second place the Sabbath symbolizes the future world.

  • It is an idea that symbolizes the tendency of the human intellect to fabrication.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • It symbolizes the real and transposes it into the human rather than expresses it.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • It symbolizes the aspiration without which no man's faith can hold its own.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for symbolizes

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 symbolizes

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.

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