What does symbolize mean?

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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.

    Etymology: From symboliser

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symbolizeverb

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. symboliser.]

  2. Symbolizeverb

    to hold the same faith; to agree

    Etymology: [Cf. F. symboliser.]

  3. Symbolizeverb

    to use symbols; to represent ideas symbolically

    Etymology: [Cf. F. symboliser.]

  4. Symbolizeverb

    to make to agree in properties or qualities

    Etymology: [Cf. F. symboliser.]

  5. Symbolizeverb

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. symboliser.]

  6. Symbolizeverb

    to represent by a symbol or symbols

    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. Andrew Watkins:

    Bagram grew into such a massive military installation that, as with few other bases in Afghanistan and even Iraq, it came to symbolize and epitomize the phrase ‘mission creep’.

  2. My Democratic opponent:

    The name of his company -- SPQR -- which is a symbol associated with white nationalists, he often does interviews in front of the Betsy Ross flag, which again is used by white nationalists( to) symbolize the good ol' days when white men ruled the country.

  3. Ben Cohen:

    I mean, there might be some chocolate chips molded in the shape of a cap that you wear for graduation to symbolize his stance in favor of free college education and reduced student loan rates, i think that there might be equal numbers of peanuts and pecans to symbolize his initiatives to reduce economic inequality.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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