Definition of symbolize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪmbəlʌɪz/
(also symbolise)


[with object]
1Be a symbol of: the ceremonial dagger symbolizes justice
More example sentences
  • Find a photo that illustrates, demonstrates or somehow symbolizes each word given.
  • The broken glass symbolises the broken faith, broken trust and shattered justice, our axe symbolises the steadfastness of our determination.
  • In many countries they symbolise Justice as blind and bearing scales.
1.1Represent by means of symbols: a tendency to symbolize the father as the sun
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  • The columns have been painted to resemble jade, and in Chinese erotic poetry the male phallus is often symbolised as a jade column or a bamboo shoot.
  • The post-war change in approach can be symbolised in the snapshot, subject of another section of the exhibition.
  • He became first president of Turkey, changing his name to Kemal Ataturk, symbolising him as father of the nation.
represent, be a symbol of, stand for, be a sign of, exemplify;
denote, signify, mean, communicate, indicate, convey, express, imply, suggest, allude to;
embody, epitomize, encapsulate, personify, typify
literary betoken
archaic symbol



Pronunciation: /sɪmbəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • There are local meetings and video showings as well as a ‘die-in’ street theatre, in which they recreate a visual symbolisation of the people who have been killed by war.
  • Moreover, in this process of hysterical conversion, symptoms are not arbitrary and meaningless phenomena but complex symbolizations of repressed psychological experiences.
  • By encouraging children to express their symbolization in writing and art, one observer argues, ‘children feel closer to, and more situated in their environment.’
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