[ sim-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsɪm bəˌlaɪz /
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See synonyms for: symbolize / symbolizes / symbolizing on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing.

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), sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing.

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
re·sym·bol·ize, verb, re·sym·bol·ized, re·sym·bol·iz·ing.un·sym·bol·ized, adjective
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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
symbolization or symbolisation, noun
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