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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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Examples from the Web for symbolizing
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  • 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
  • I have alluded to his symbolizing the wish-fulfilment of the inarticulate, and the inarticulate are many.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • Many flags waved throughout the war in the beams of search-lights, symbolizing a patriotism fully aroused.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • They appear to emanate from a cloud resting upon the hour-glass, and may help the other emblems in symbolizing time and eternity.

    In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
  • Surmounting the arch will be the chief group of the composition, symbolizing Woman Glorified.

British Dictionary definitions for symbolizing

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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