Definition of symbolize in English:

symbolize

(also symbolise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Be a symbol of.

    ‘the ceremonial dagger symbolizes justice’
    • ‘The steam locomotive symbolised the glorious service rendered by the Railways to the people in the early years.’
    • ‘The dance consists of a ceremonial procession and symbolizes the unity of the kingdom.’
    • ‘An eternally flowing river that symbolises life, conveyed through choreography, is an unseen presence throughout the play.’
    • ‘The broken glass symbolises the broken faith, broken trust and shattered justice, our axe symbolises the steadfastness of our determination.’
    • ‘Find a photo that illustrates, demonstrates or somehow symbolizes each word given.’
    • ‘The white cross on a red background comes from the flag of the canton of Schwyz, which has a red background symbolizing holy justice and a small representation of Christ on the cross at the upper left corner.’
    • ‘He said he had intended to take part in the ceremony, where pillars symbolising the devil are stoned.’
    • ‘Professional values also symbolize the democratic processes that key interest groups in the enterprise expect.’
    • ‘If a roulette wheel symbolizes your justice system, you have issues.’
    • ‘The exhibition ends with a display symbolising man's final triumph in his conquest of the skies.’
    • ‘Prasad began by producing a bouquet of flowers from thin air and proclaimed that it symbolised the yearning that every woman's life should glow like colourful flowers.’
    • ‘The protesters sat silently near an empty chair meant to symbolize the absence of the professor.’
    • ‘But how do we get the meaning of a complex expression from the concepts symbolized by its component words?’
    • ‘Both within the camera frame and outside it, the Chevrolet came to symbolise status, aura and charisma.’
    • ‘The launch will involve the ceremonial removal of pink blindfolds, to symbolise eyes being opened to the bigger picture.’
    • ‘Several people are shown being crushed under the weight of the body of the snake, which symbolises the Expressway.’
    • ‘The Beamer family later publicized the passengers' courageous behavior, and Beamer's words soon became a catch phrase symbolizing the nation's resolve.’
    • ‘They were also presented with carnations, symbolising their dedication to the teaching profession.’
    • ‘In many countries they symbolise Justice as blind and bearing scales.’
    • ‘Nestled close together by the circumstances of history, they symbolised an intimate relationship, the warp and the weft of the fabric of the country.’
    1. 1.1 Represent by means of symbols.
      ‘a tendency to symbolize the father as the sun’
      • ‘Mason's many films and books helped to symbolize the canoe as a Canadian icon.’
      • ‘He became first president of Turkey, changing his name to Kemal Ataturk, symbolising him as father of the nation.’
      • ‘The post-war change in approach can be symbolised in the snapshot, subject of another section of the exhibition.’
      • ‘The Statue of Liberty (1886) in New York harbor symbolized the city's role as a Mecca for immigrants.’
      • ‘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.’
      represent, be a symbol of, stand for, be a sign of, exemplify
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Pronunciation

symbolize

/ˈsɪmbəlʌɪz/