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sym·bol·ize

 (sĭm′bə-līz′)
v. sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing, sym·bol·iz·es
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To use symbols.

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

(ˈsɪmbəˌlaɪz) or

symbolise

vb
1. (tr) to serve as or be a symbol of
2. (usually foll by: by) to represent by a symbol or symbols
3. (intr) to use symbols
4. (tr) to treat or regard as symbolic or figurative
ˌsymboliˈzation, ˌsymboliˈsation n
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sym•bol•ize

(ˈsɪm bəˌlaɪz)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to be a symbol of; stand for or represent in the manner of a symbol: The fox often symbolizes cunning.
2. to represent by a symbol or symbols.
3. to regard or treat as symbolic.
v.i.
4. to use symbols.
[1580–90; < New Latin symbolizāre. See symbol, -ize]
sym`bol•i•za′tion, n.
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symbolize


Past participle: symbolized
Gerund: symbolizing

Imperative
symbolize
symbolize
Present
I symbolize
you symbolize
he/she/it symbolizes
we symbolize
you symbolize
they symbolize
Preterite
I symbolized
you symbolized
he/she/it symbolized
we symbolized
you symbolized
they symbolized
Present Continuous
I am symbolizing
you are symbolizing
he/she/it is symbolizing
we are symbolizing
you are symbolizing
they are symbolizing
Present Perfect
I have symbolized
you have symbolized
he/she/it has symbolized
we have symbolized
you have symbolized
they have symbolized
Past Continuous
I was symbolizing
you were symbolizing
he/she/it was symbolizing
we were symbolizing
you were symbolizing
they were symbolizing
Past Perfect
I had symbolized
you had symbolized
he/she/it had symbolized
we had symbolized
you had symbolized
they had symbolized
Future
I will symbolize
you will symbolize
he/she/it will symbolize
we will symbolize
you will symbolize
they will symbolize
Future Perfect
I will have symbolized
you will have symbolized
he/she/it will have symbolized
we will have symbolized
you will have symbolized
they will have symbolized
Future Continuous
I will be symbolizing
you will be symbolizing
he/she/it will be symbolizing
we will be symbolizing
you will be symbolizing
they will be symbolizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been symbolizing
you have been symbolizing
he/she/it has been symbolizing
we have been symbolizing
you have been symbolizing
they have been symbolizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been symbolizing
you will have been symbolizing
he/she/it will have been symbolizing
we will have been symbolizing
you will have been symbolizing
they will have been symbolizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been symbolizing
you had been symbolizing
he/she/it had been symbolizing
we had been symbolizing
you had been symbolizing
they had been symbolizing
Conditional
I would symbolize
you would symbolize
he/she/it would symbolize
we would symbolize
you would symbolize
they would symbolize
Past Conditional
I would have symbolized
you would have symbolized
he/she/it would have symbolized
we would have symbolized
you would have symbolized
they would have symbolized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.symbolize - express indirectly by an image, form, or modelsymbolize - express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
mean, intend - mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"
embody, personify, be - represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
epitomise, epitomize, typify - embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of; "The fugue typifies Bach's style of composition"
2.symbolize - represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols; "The poet symbolizes love in this poem"; "These painters believed that artists should symbolize"
represent - describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality; "He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
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symbolize

verb represent, signify, stand for, mean, exemplify, denote, typify, personify, connote, betoken, body forth The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolized the end of the Cold War.
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symbolize

verb
To serve as an example, image, or symbol of:
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Translations
symbolizovat
symbolisere
jelképez
tákna
symbolizovať
sembolize etmeksimgelemek

symbolize

[ˈsɪmbəlaɪz] VTsimbolizar
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symbolize

[ˈsɪmbəlaɪz] symbolise (British) vtsymboliser
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symbolize

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symbolize

[ˈsɪmbəˌlaɪz] vtsimboleggiare
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symbol

(ˈsimbəl) noun
a thing that is regarded as representing or standing for another. The dove is the symbol of peace.
symˈbolic (-ˈbo-) adjective
In the Christian religion, bread and wine are symbolic of Christ's body and blood.
symˈbolically adverb
ˈsymbolize, ˈsymbolise verb
to be a symbol of or represent by a symbol. A ring symbolizes everlasting love.
ˈsymbolism noun
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She noted the weary, patient look in his face, the bent shoulders, the labor-gnarled hands, and it all seemed to symbolize the futility of his social creed.
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The fact that Socrates precedes Plato is symbolized in English by the fact that the word "precedes" occurs between the words "Socrates" and "Plato." But we cannot symbolize the fact that Plato does not precede Socrates by not putting the word "precedes" between "Plato" and "Socrates." A negative fact is not sensible, and language, being intended for communication, has to be sensible.
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Because the air is hot and dry during the Dragon Boat Festival, it's easy to become impatient, therefore it is good to wear gold and silver on the body after the festival is over to symbolize good luck and good fortune.
Egyptian woman reads bible during the celebrations of Palm Sunday in Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, 1 April 2018 -- Egypttoday/Mahmoud elHosry Egyptian woman, who wears a scarf, attends the celebrations of Palm Sunday in Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, 1 April 2018 -- Egypttoday/Mahmoud elHosry People gather, pray and perform religious ceremonies in churches, in addition to carrying palms to symbolize the ones that were sprinkled in front of the prophet, when he rode to Jerusalem.
9,800 red flags symbolize women and girls who survived abduction for marriage against their will, 2,000 white flags - women and girls survivors of sexual violence, and 7,500 purple flags symbolizing women who reported about cases of domestic violence.
The key, flash, and sphinx symbolize the three basic categories of intelligence.
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