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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These walls — once produced out of fear and intolerance, now symbolize peace and progress. Rick Stevestribune Content Agency, The Seattle Times, "In Europe’s border walls, a divided history and a united future," 11 Sep. 2018 To Nyong’o, Nakia’s relationship with General Okoye (Danai Gurira) symbolized that push-and-pull between tradition and evolution. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o Learned About Wakanda," 28 Feb. 2018 To the left, a golden eagle, soaring with the wings of a Boeing 737, symbolizes day flights and the time of departure; on the right, a flock of birds represent arriving home. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio International Airport opens new consolidated rental car facility," 21 Jan. 2018 But that doesn't change what this case symbolizes for black boys and men. Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "I'm afraid of the next George Zimmerman," 16 July 2013 Its very existence symbolized the overcoming of centuries-long conflict between France and Germany. Michael Kimmage, New Republic, "What Happened to the European Union?," 8 Jan. 2018 Daisies are known for symbolizing beauty, innocence and purity, Law says. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Zorgui’s funeral was being held Tuesday in Kasserine, which has come to symbolize Tunisia’s economic problems and social tensions. Bouazza Ben Bouazza, The Seattle Times, "Protests in Tunisia after journalist sets himself on fire," 26 Dec. 2018 The value rated as symbolizing the worst about America is political correctness. 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

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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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