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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
From the New Latin word symbolizāre, dating back to 1580-90. See symbol, -ize
Related forms
resymbolize, verb, resymbolized, resymbolizing.
unsymbolized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Do we not still remember that the name of "Munich" symbolizes a vain hope of appeasing dictators?

    The Communist Threat in the Taiwan Area John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • She cannot work the problem for thinking of what it symbolizes.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • You are not only the one who symbolizes the destruction of humanity, but also the one who symbolizes the rebirth of humanity.

    The Revolutions of Time Jonathan Dunn
  • However, to dwell on the housetop is an expression which symbolizes desolation.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • The principal relief on the side of the pedestal facing the river, symbolizes the ‘Wacht am Rhein.’

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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