Definition of symbolize in English:


(also symbolise)


  • 1 Be a symbol of.

    ‘the ceremonial dagger symbolizes justice’
    • ‘In many countries they symbolise Justice as blind and bearing scales.’
    • ‘If a roulette wheel symbolizes your justice system, you have issues.’
    • ‘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 launch will involve the ceremonial removal of pink blindfolds, to symbolise eyes being opened to the bigger picture.’
    • ‘The broken glass symbolises the broken faith, broken trust and shattered justice, our axe symbolises the steadfastness of our determination.’
    • ‘The exhibition ends with a display symbolising man's final triumph in his conquest of the skies.’
    • ‘The Beamer family later publicized the passengers' courageous behavior, and Beamer's words soon became a catch phrase symbolizing the nation's resolve.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘But how do we get the meaning of a complex expression from the concepts symbolized by its component words?’
    • ‘They were also presented with carnations, symbolising their dedication to the teaching profession.’
    • ‘Several people are shown being crushed under the weight of the body of the snake, which symbolises the Expressway.’
    • ‘Both within the camera frame and outside it, the Chevrolet came to symbolise status, aura and charisma.’
    • ‘Find a photo that illustrates, demonstrates or somehow symbolizes each word given.’
    • ‘Nestled close together by the circumstances of history, they symbolised an intimate relationship, the warp and the weft of the fabric of the country.’
    • ‘The protesters sat silently near an empty chair meant to symbolize the absence of the professor.’
    • ‘He said he had intended to take part in the ceremony, where pillars symbolising the devil are stoned.’
    • ‘The steam locomotive symbolised the glorious service rendered by the Railways to the people in the early years.’
    • ‘Professional values also symbolize the democratic processes that key interest groups in the enterprise expect.’
    1. 1.1Represent by means of symbols.
      ‘a tendency to symbolize the father as the sun’
      • ‘The post-war change in approach can be symbolised in the snapshot, subject of another section of the exhibition.’
      • ‘He became first president of Turkey, changing his name to Kemal Ataturk, symbolising him as father of the nation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Statue of Liberty (1886) in New York harbor symbolized the city's role as a Mecca for immigrants.’
      • ‘Mason's many films and books helped to symbolize the canoe as a Canadian icon.’
      represent, be a symbol of, stand for, be a sign of, exemplify
      denote, signify, mean, communicate, indicate, convey, express, imply, suggest, allude to
      embody, epitomize, encapsulate, personify, typify
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