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

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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 In its quiet way, this little confrontation seemed to symbolize the fragility of the Government’s position. Washington Post, "Charlie Cole, photographer who captured the Tiananmen ‘Tank Man,’ has died," 15 Sep. 2019 In coastal Alabama, the famous phrase has been muttered in the past 15 days to symbolize the skepticism toll opponents have about the $2.1 billion Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project and a plan to assess tolls to pay for it. al, "Toll opponents fear ‘Lazarus’ moment as efforts continue to keep I-10 project ‘dead’," 11 Sep. 2019 State archives indicate that the sword was intended to symbolize armed resistance to British tyranny. New York Times, "A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American," 7 Sep. 2019 Per tradition, the commission member who bears the message has the door to the House of Commons slammed in his face three times to symbolize the legislative body’s political independence. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The dramatic history of prorogation in British parliament," 29 Aug. 2019 Near the end of her performance, Lizzo’s dancers ripped off their wigs—probably to symbolize our wigs being snatched by her performance—giving everyone the perfect new wig snatching GIF. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Lizzo's Epic MTV VMA's Performance Has Queen Latifah Stanning," 26 Aug. 2019 There is the youthful abdomen, the red rose, the perfectly manicured hand meant to symbolize teenage innocence or not-so innocent in the case of Mena Suvari's character. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "The hand on that iconic 'American Beauty' poster actually belongs to a famous actress," 23 Aug. 2019 As in past years, the walk will end with each participant passing through a doorway to symbolize the goal of housing homeless people. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘A Short Walk Home’ to raise awareness, money for San Diego’s homeless," 29 July 2019 An investigation by 48 states symbolizes bipartisan worry about the market power of a few tech giants. The Christian Science Monitor, "the viability of centrism in U.S. politics," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of symbolize

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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27 Oct 2019

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“Symbolize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symbolized. Accessed 21 November 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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