sym·​bol·​i·​za·​tion ˌsim-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce symbolization (audio)
: an act or instance of symbolizing
: the human capacity to develop a system of meaningful symbols

Examples of symbolization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But making art also depends on our capacity for symbolization. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2012 This herb is prized in many cultures for its symbolization of fortitude and can be taken in supplement form. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of symbolization was in 1603

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“Symbolization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also British symbolisation
: the act or process of symbolizing
specifically : symbolic representation of a repressed complex (as in dreams)

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