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

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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But as the first free trade pact between rich and poor countries, Nafta came to symbolize the collision of interests between blue collar workers on one hand and consumers, corporations, and geostrategic cooperation on the other. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Bush’s Economic Legacy, Little Appreciated Then, Reverberates Today," 3 Dec. 2018 Each year, a date in early April symbolizes the additional amount of time a woman would have to work to make the same amount of money a man made in the previous year—in 2019, Equal Pay Day falls on April 2. Kaitlin Menza, Marie Claire, "The Gender Wage Gap Is Way Worse Than We Thought," 3 Dec. 2018 Much like Borobudur, the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal is designed with levels that symbolize enlightenment. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around the World," 29 Mar. 2018 The Doomsday Clock, the fictitious clock that symbolizes global annihilation of everything in the world, has just moved 30 seconds closer because President Donald Trump and his administration continue playing nuclear freeze tag with North Korea. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight Because the Trump Administration Is Reckless Trash," 25 Jan. 2018 The little mistakes that bleed through the broadcast end up accidentally symbolizing how no family is perfect at the holidays, despite appearances. Liz Arcury, Marie Claire, "The 8 Best Celebrity Holiday Specials Ever," 29 Nov. 2018 After the solstice, Ra would slowly start glowing brighter and stronger, and an evergreen's immortality symbolized the triumph of life over death. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 Underneath its branches are six animals, each symbolizing a different ideal: an owl for wisdom, a dove for peace, a horse for wisdom, a deer for gentleness, a peacock for beauty, a mouse for curiosity. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Diane von Furstenberg’s Seriously Chic London Christmas Tree," 27 Nov. 2018 For those who need a little refresher, royal family orders aren't special commands, but in fact a prestigious honor symbolized with a badge. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The First Photos of Kate Middleton Wearing an Special Honor From the Queen Are Breathtaking," 24 Oct. 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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