symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\
variants: or less commonly

symbolical

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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.

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First Known Use of symbolic

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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\
variants: also

symbolical

\-li-kəl\

Definition of symbolic for Students

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



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