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symbolize

[sim-buh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing.
  1. to use symbols.
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Also especially British, sym·bol·ise.

Origin of symbolize

From the New Latin word symbolizāre, dating back to 1580–90. See symbol, -ize
Related formsre·sym·bol·ize, verb, re·sym·bol·ized, re·sym·bol·iz·ing.un·sym·bol·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for symbolizing

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Historical Examples

  • In China, he is often represented with a mace (symbolizing a thunderbolt) instead of a sword.

  • The scene may be interpreted as symbolizing the grief of a mother for a dead son.

  • Action only to give reader the tone, symbolizing the tone of the people.

    Instigations

    Ezra Pound

  • Whence, then, came the illusion that symbolizing of the idea was a novelty?

    The Book of Masks

    Remy de Gourmont

  • We see the wheel of Ezekiel symbolizing the whole scheme and fabric of Nature.

    Ghosts I Have Seen

    Violet Tweedale


British Dictionary definitions for symbolizing

symbolize

symbolise

verb
  1. (tr) to serve as or be a symbol of
  2. (tr usually foll by by) to represent by a symbol or symbols
  3. (intr) to use symbols
  4. (tr) to treat or regard as symbolic or figurative
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Derived Formssymbolization or symbolisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for symbolizing

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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