[ sim-buh-luh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌsɪm bə ləˈzeɪ ʃən /


the act or process of symbolizing.
Psychoanalysis. an unconscious mental process whereby one object or idea comes to stand for another through some part, quality, or aspect that the two share in common, with the symbol carrying the emotional feelings vested in the initial object or idea.

Origin of symbolization

First recorded in 1595–1605; symbolize + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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[ sĭm′bə-lĭ-zāshən ]


An unconscious mental mechanism whereby one object or idea is represented by another and is not consciously recognized as such.
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