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symbolize

verb sym·bol·ize \ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz\

: to be a symbol of (something)

sym·bol·izedsym·bol·iz·ing

Full Definition of SYMBOLIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to serve as a symbol of
2
:  to represent, express, or identify by a symbol
intransitive verb
:  to use symbols or symbolism
sym·bol·iz·er noun

Examples of SYMBOLIZE

  1. She came to symbolize the women's movement in America.
  2. <the flag symbolizes our country>

First Known Use of SYMBOLIZE

1603

Rhymes with SYMBOLIZE

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SYMBOLIZE Defined for Kids

symbolize

verb sym·bol·ize \ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz\
sym·bol·izedsym·bol·iz·ing

Definition of SYMBOLIZE for Kids

:  to serve as a representation of <A lion symbolizes courage.>
Medical Dictionary

symbolize

transitive verb sym·bol·ize
sym·bol·ized also British sym·bol·isedsym·bol·iz·ing also British sym·bol·is·ing

Medical Definition of SYMBOLIZE

1
:  to serve as a symbol of
2
:  to represent, express, or identify by a symbol

Variants of SYMBOLIZE

sym·bol·ize also British sym·bol·ise \ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz\

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