What does symbolize mean?

Definitions for symbolize
ˈsɪm bəˌlaɪzsym·bol·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. typify, symbolize, symbolise, stand for, representverb

    express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

    "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"

  2. symbolize, symboliseverb

    represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols

    "The poet symbolizes love in this poem"; "These painters believed that artists should symbolize"


  1. symbolizeverb

    To be symbolic of; to represent.

  2. Etymology: From symboliser

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Symbolizeverb

    To make representative of something.

    Some symbolize the same from the mystery of its colours. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

  2. To Symbolizeverb

    To have something in common with another by representative qualities.

    Etymology: symboliser, French; from symbol.

    Our king finding himself to symbolize in many things with that king of the Hebrews, honoured him with the title of this foundation. Francis Bacon.

    The pleasing of colour symbolizeth with the pleasing of any single tone to the ear; but the pleasing of order doth symbolize with harmony. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Aristotle and the schools have taught, that air and water, being symbolizing elements, in the quality of moisture, are easily transmutable into one another. Boyle.

    They both symbolize in this, that they love to look upon themselves through multiplying glasses. James Howell.

    I affectedly symbolized in careless mirth and freedom with the libertines, to circumvent libertinism. More.

    The soul is such, that it strangely symbolizes with the thing it mightily desires. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. symbolize

    Symbolize generally refers to the act of representing something abstract or intangible by means of a physical object, sign, image, or idea. It involves using specific representations or symbols to convey meaning or concepts that may be complex or multi-layered, often in a simplified or universally recognized form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symbolizeverb

    to have a resemblance of qualities or properties; to correspond; to harmonize

  2. Symbolizeverb

    to hold the same faith; to agree

  3. Symbolizeverb

    to use symbols; to represent ideas symbolically

  4. Symbolizeverb

    to make to agree in properties or qualities

  5. Symbolizeverb

    to make representative of something; to regard or treat as symbolic

  6. Symbolizeverb

    to represent by a symbol or symbols

  7. Etymology: [Cf. F. symboliser.]

Editors Contribution

  1. symbolize

    To express as a symbol.

    Our wedding rings are a symbol of our eternal love, unity, peace, friendship, connected hearts, souls and minds.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbolize in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbolize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of symbolize in a Sentence

  1. William Safire:

    No one flower can ever symbolize this nation. America is a bouquet.

  2. Dana Walden:

    We stepped up to a great deal that they very much deserve, who would you want more for your unscripted slate than the Kardashians? They perfectly symbolize our strategy, which is taking big shots, but the right shots, and betting on incredible talent and best-in-class opportunities in each genre.

  3. Jean Jullien:

    It was the most spontaneous thing. I heard the news on the radio, and I had this heartfelt reaction. I wanted to draw something that could symbolize peace and solidarity, and I wanted something with the context of Paris.

  4. Logan Ryan:

    We realize it and it’s just not OK. Their reaction is OK, the product isn’t OK right now. I take that to heart as a leader on this team, I haven’t felt like the preparation and the work has always generated to the results on the field and I understand that, and I take my share of ownership on that, i just try to symbolize the way to play and how I play and control what I can control. I can’t control the positions I’m put in on the field. I can’t control the score all the time, but I just try to play every snap hard, especially last game finishing that game off and stuff like that.

  5. Saul Bass:

    Symbolize and summarize.

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