symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \ sim-ˈbä-lik \
variants: or less commonly symbolical play \-li-kəl\

Definition of symbolic

1 a :using, employing, or exhibiting a symbol
b :consisting of or proceeding by means of symbols
2 :of, relating to, or constituting a symbol
3 :characterized by or terminating in symbols
  • symbolic thinking
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.

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SYMBOLIC Defined for English Language Learners

symbolic

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Definition of symbolic for English Language Learners

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

  • : relating to or being used as a symbol

  • : using symbols


SYMBOLIC Defined for Kids

symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \ sim-ˈbä-lik \
variants: also symbolical \-li-kəl\

Definition of symbolic for Students

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


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