em·​blem·​a·​tize | \ em-ˈble-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce emblematize (audio) \
emblematized; emblematizing

Definition of emblematize

transitive verb

: to represent by or as if by an emblem : symbolize

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Examples of emblematize in a Sentence

the burned-out church emblematizes how the religious strife has destroyed that nation
Recent Examples on the Web The trolley question is meant to emblematize tough decision-making for the purpose of moral deliberation; programming morality into our vehicles is a matter of deeper, almost mystical complexity. Betsy Morais, Longreads, "The Menace and the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles," 13 June 2018 The guests began to introduce themselves and deliver their tales of woe, each one seemingly handpicked to emblematize a different failure of the ACA. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "How Good a Listener Is Donald Trump?," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of emblematize

1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Emblematize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblematize. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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