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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Developer Rick Foran’s proposal for the Astrup Awning building grew out of a desire to symbolize the neighborhood’s revival. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council OKs tax incentives to revitalize building near site of Ariel Castro’s crimes," 12 Nov. 2019 Their criticism reached a fever pitch when Francis presided over a prayer service in the Vatican gardens featuring the statues of pregnant women, which the Vatican says symbolize life and fertility. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thieves steal Amazon fertility statues as synod nears end," 21 Oct. 2019 The insect’s spots were said to symbolize the seven sorrows and seven joys Mary experienced. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Where Does the Word ‘Teetotaler’ Come From? and More Questions From Our Readers," 20 Sep. 2019 The doors, Wiley said, symbolize his response to Black Rock’s proximity to Gorée Island, which was once the largest slave-trading hub on the African coast. Annika Hammerschlag, Quartz Africa, "Obama’s portrait painter is making a bet on African artists with a Dakar residency program," 4 June 2019 Seventy percent of respondents said Andean hairy armadillos—along with the Virgin Mary and the carnival—symbolize the city of Oruro. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Endangered armadillos are being turned into carnival rattles," 22 Feb. 2019 The nation’s original politicians — the Founding Fathers — rank near the top of a list of things Americans say symbolize the best about the United States. Susan Page And Merdie Nganza, USA TODAY, "Poll: On the 4th, what symbolizes the best (and worst) of America? It depends whom you ask," 2 July 2018 It is said to symbolize the unity of the nation’s people of color, and rejection of its white colonizers. Roxanne Fequiere, New York Times, "A Day to Celebrate Haiti’s Flag, and Its Foods," 14 May 2018 Celtic mandalas may contain a knot design symbolizing birth and rebirth and our connections to others including our ancestry. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Sharing her mandalas gives Westminster artist ‘feelings of peace’," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of symbolize

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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8 Dec 2019

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“Symbolize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symbolize. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for symbolize

symbolize

verb
How to pronounce symbolize (audio)

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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