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symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\

Simple Definition of symbolic

  • : expressing or representing an idea or quality without using words

  • : relating to or being used as a symbol

  • : using symbols

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of symbolic

  1. 1a :  using, employing, or exhibiting a symbolb :  consisting of or proceeding by means of symbols

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or constituting a symbol

  3. 3 :  characterized by or terminating in symbols <symbolic thinking>

  4. 4 :  characterized by symbolism <a symbolic dance>

symbolically play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of symbolic in a sentence

  1. The lighting of the candles is symbolic.

  2. The sharing of the wine has symbolic meaning.



1610

First Known Use of symbolic

1610

Variants of symbolic

also symbolical play \-li-kəl\

Rhymes with symbolic



SYMBOLIC Defined for Kids

symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\

Definition of symbolic for Students

  1. :  of, relating to, or using symbols or symbolism <Lighting the candles has a symbolic meaning.>



Variants of symbolic

also symbolical \-li-kəl\


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