symbolize

verb sym·bol·ize \ ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of symbolize

symbolized; symbolizing
transitive verb
1 : to serve as a symbol of
2 : to represent, express, or identify by a symbol
intransitive verb
: to use symbols or symbolism

symbolizer

noun

Examples of symbolize in a Sentence

  1. She came to symbolize the women's movement in America.

  2. the flag symbolizes our country

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First Known Use of symbolize

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symbolize Synonyms


SYMBOLIZE Defined for English Language Learners

symbolize

verb

Definition of symbolize for English Language Learners

  • : to be a symbol of (something)


SYMBOLIZE Defined for Kids

symbolize

verb sym·bol·ize \ ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz \

Definition of symbolize for Students

symbolized; symbolizing
: to serve as a representation of
  • A lion symbolizes courage.

Medical Dictionary

symbolize

transitive verb sym·bol·ize
variants: also British symbolise play \ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of symbolize

symbolized also British symbolised; symbolizing also British symbolising
1 : to serve as a symbol of
2 : to represent, express, or identify by a symbol


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