symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\

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

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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

less commonly

symbolical

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SYMBOLIC Defined for English Language Learners

symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\

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\

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

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