symbolize

verb
sym·bol·ize | \ˈsim-bə-ˌlīz \
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

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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In 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 14 July 2018 Taylor Swift famously deleted her previous social media activity in summer 2017 before releasing reputation as a way of symbolizing a new era and persona for the singer. refinery29.com, "Why Did Miley Cyrus Delete Her Instagram Posts? Fans Have A Few Theories," 14 July 2018 But the details mattered less than what Ms. Merkel symbolizes to her critics: a Germany that can’t control its borders. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Europe’s Nativist Swing Casts Shadow Over Establishment," 5 July 2018 But in Chinatown, where the red symbolizes good luck, red trumps all other shades. John Leland, New York Times, "The Red Bags of Chinatown: For Good Luck and Cheap Produce," 5 July 2018 Lady Liberty’s robe, the one mimicked by Andreas and many other entertainers in Battery Park and Times Square and the entrance to Central Park adjacent to the Plaza Hotel, symbolizes freedom. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Fourth of July, Let’s Remember the Symbolism of Freedom Behind Lady Liberty’s Green Robe," 4 July 2018 Organizers behind the event -- National Die-In Day -- said those 720 seconds symbolized the approximate number of people killed in mass shootings in the United States since the Pulse nightclub massacre on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. Angela Barajas, CNN, "Students lead calls for gun law reform on National Die-In Day," 12 June 2018 Bader said the procession also symbolizes the march of the Israelites to find the Holy Land as written about in the Old Testament. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Mokena parishioners revive 'old school' tradition with religious procession," 4 June 2018 The work symbolizes the Monarchs’ remarkable multi-generational trans-American journey and recalls the movements of humankind that preceded national boundaries – and our current border crisis. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of symbolize

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 \
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 \
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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