symbolize

verb
sym·​bol·​ize | \ ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce symbolize (audio) \
symbolized; symbolizing

Definition of symbolize

transitive verb

1 : to serve as a symbol of
2 : to represent, express, or identify by a symbol

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Other Words from symbolize

symbolizer noun

Synonyms for symbolize

Synonyms

emblematize, represent

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Examples of symbolize in a Sentence

She came to symbolize the women's movement in America. the flag symbolizes our country

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The out-of-town investor symbolizes new faith in the city’s formerly moribund office market, according to Urban Milwaukee. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Milwaukee’s downtown surges in advance of 2020 convention," 2 July 2019 The unusual sight of a black metal fence passing through a garage and over a swimming pool symbolizes a bitter property-line dispute near Boone High. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Goliath vs. Goliath’: How a sliver of land and a fence has pit Bags Inc. founder vs. Deutsche Bank," 28 June 2019 The red on the Chilean flag symbolizes the blood spilled during the country’s fight for independence, the blue is for the sky and the white is for the snow of the Andes Mountains. Sarah Hui, Dallas News, "Is the Texas flag design stolen from the Chilean national flag? Curious Texas investigates," 27 June 2019 Few artists symbolize life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness better than outlaw country icon Willie Nelson. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019 The dress came to symbolize power and independence for a generation of women. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg Talks Bringing the New Statue of Liberty Museum to Life," 13 May 2019 The documentary, which premiered at Sundance, explores how Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Netflix list for July 2019: Everything new and expiring," 19 June 2019 The two items that symbolize some of my most proud involvements. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Big Brother season 21," 17 June 2019 But like Madonna, Springsteen is telling stories in which people symbolize ideas: the impossibility of outrunning your regrets, for instance, or the cleansing power of hard work. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "Review: Bruce Springsteen and Madonna strike a pose, with varied results, on new albums," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of symbolize

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of symbolize was in 1603

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symbolize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of symbolize

: to be a symbol of (something)

symbolize

verb
sym·​bol·​ize | \ ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce symbolize (audio) \
symbolized; symbolizing

Kids Definition of symbolize

: to serve as a representation of A lion symbolizes courage.

symbolize

transitive verb
sym·​bol·​ize
variants: also British symbolise \ ˈsim-​bə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce symbolise (audio) \
symbolized also British symbolised; symbolizing also British symbolising

Medical Definition of symbolize

1 : to serve as a symbol of
2 : to represent, express, or identify by a symbol

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