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v. sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing, sym·bol·iz·es
1. To serve as a symbol of: "Munich, the 1938 Hitler-Chamberlain meeting that now symbolizes the idea of appeasement" (Jonathan Alter).
2. To represent or identify by a symbol.
To use symbols.

sym′bol·i·za′tion (-bə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
sym′bol·iz′er n.


(ˈsɪmbəˌlaɪzə) or


a person or thing that symbolizes something else
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Noun1.symbolizer - someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols
interpreter, translator - someone who mediates between speakers of different languages
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Literature is capable to set up a new reality that adds to the existing one, a realm that has meaning for man only, and for which the symbolic image, or the symbolizer, is 'the best possible expression' one cannot name more clearly otherwise, and which represents the necessary complement of the image; "the symbol cannot be replaced by a closer or similar image, nor can it be better transcribed by an equivalent signifier and, in no case can it be taken for a simple linguistic sign that draws its reality on itself and finds its meaning in the formal disposition of the text where it sets itself up.
Stated differently, he was more immediately concerned with the current state of consciousness, deformed by scientism and behaviorism, and with ways to develop a new anthropology based on man's uniqueness as a symbolizer that would break through the solipsism and closure of present-day culture.
A symbol need not be caused by a symbolizer in order to be a symbol.
The two groups showed similarities on such leadership attributes as visionary, symbolizer, auditor and self-sacrifice.
During the next two levels of symbolic play, "complete dissociation of symbolizer from symbolized" is accomplished (Piaget, 1951, p.
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This means that a symbol, be it a wedding ring or sexual intercourse, can lose its closeness to the symbolizer and sink to the level of mere sign or "symbolic representation" if one's heart is no longer in it.
18) This is clearly so in the case of the Ukrainian-Canadian text where the symbolizer (to continue with Kristeva's terminology) is, say, the image of a pair of boots or a folk song, but what is being symbolized is, in fact, the entire Ukrainian culture.