[ sim-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsɪm bəˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with object), sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing.
to use symbols.
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Also especially British, sym·bol·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM symbolizere·sym·bol·ize, verb, re·sym·bol·ized, re·sym·bol·iz·ing.un·sym·bol·ized, adjective
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How to use symbolize in a sentence
The tree symbolises the arbor vit, the life-giving sprout; and the ark is a symbol of the womb.
Fig. 12 accompanies the bull on certain coins, and symbolises the sexual elements, le baton et l'anneau.
It symbolises the male triad, whilst the ring around it represents the female.
Therefore the barrow symbolises the female organ, just as the raised stone is the male organ.Bouvard and Pcuchet|Gustave Flaubert
She symbolises, in her deep affection for her Mother country, Lorraine, at last wholly restored as a French province.Verdun Argonne-Metz 1914-1918|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for symbolize
/ (ˈsɪmbəˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to serve as or be a symbol of
(tr usually foll by by) to represent by a symbol or symbols
(intr) to use symbols
(tr) to treat or regard as symbolic or figurative
Derived forms of symbolizesymbolization or symbolisation, noun
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