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 These images might symbolize many things, but among the unambiguous meanings is work. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A towering exhibit offers a new definition of domestic life," 1 Jan. 2021 Each of the 10 bags -- along with 150 wooden dowels -- symbolize the slaves owned by John Marshall, the former US Chief Justice who the county is named after. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Group of Alabama protesters places fake body bags on courthouse lawn to push for removal of Confederate flag and monument," 27 Dec. 2020 On the Mulan tower, architectural elements like a cherry blossom motif, jade ornamentation, and crossed golden spears symbolize Mulan’s fearless warrior spirit—and the dragon Mushu playfully stands atop her tower, using her finial as a gong. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Things to Know About Hong Kong Disneyland’s New Castle," 22 Dec. 2020 Long noodles, which in China, symbolize a long and prosperous life, are auspicious... Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "At-Home New Year's Eve Party Ideas That Are Still Fabulous," 16 Dec. 2020 So for the big New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, a time ball was a natural way to symbolize one period ending and another beginning. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "The History Behind the New Year's Eve Ball Drop," 22 Dec. 2020 Yet in Israel, where almost anything can be made into a referendum on political and national character, Beitar fans came to symbolize the worst in right-wing behavior. Benny Avni, WSJ, "Coexistence Comes to an Israeli Soccer Field," 13 Dec. 2020 When the state recorded its 300th highway fatality, the agency teamed with law enforcement and set up empty chairs on the lawn at Soldier’s Field in Rochester to symbolize each of the lives that had been lost on state roads. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "DPS now scrolling names as visual reminder of victims killed in traffic crashes," 29 Nov. 2020 Inexpensive chain-link fencing was used to create partitions in the cavernous space, but its grim appearance came to symbolize the dehumanizing treatment of migrants in U.S. custody. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "U.S. border officials close Texas warehouse where chain-link ‘cages’ for migrants became a symbol of mistreatment," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Symbolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symbolize. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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 symbolize (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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