Definition of symbolize in US English:

symbolize

(British symbolise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Be a symbol of.

    ‘the ceremonial dagger symbolizes justice’
    • ‘Several people are shown being crushed under the weight of the body of the snake, which symbolises the Expressway.’
    • ‘Professional values also symbolize the democratic processes that key interest groups in the enterprise expect.’
    • ‘An eternally flowing river that symbolises life, conveyed through choreography, is an unseen presence throughout the play.’
    • ‘The launch will involve the ceremonial removal of pink blindfolds, to symbolise eyes being opened to the bigger picture.’
    • ‘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 Beamer family later publicized the passengers' courageous behavior, and Beamer's words soon became a catch phrase symbolizing the nation's resolve.’
    • ‘Find a photo that illustrates, demonstrates or somehow symbolizes each word given.’
    • ‘The protesters sat silently near an empty chair meant to symbolize the absence of the professor.’
    • ‘The broken glass symbolises the broken faith, broken trust and shattered justice, our axe symbolises the steadfastness of our determination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nestled close together by the circumstances of history, they symbolised an intimate relationship, the warp and the weft of the fabric of the country.’
    • ‘In many countries they symbolise Justice as blind and bearing scales.’
    • ‘If a roulette wheel symbolizes your justice system, you have issues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The exhibition ends with a display symbolising man's final triumph in his conquest of the skies.’
    • ‘The dance consists of a ceremonial procession and symbolizes the unity of the kingdom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both within the camera frame and outside it, the Chevrolet came to symbolise status, aura and charisma.’
    1. 1.1 Represent by means of symbols.
      ‘a tendency to symbolize the father as the sun’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      represent, be a symbol of, stand for, be a sign of, exemplify
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Pronunciation

symbolize

/ˈsɪmbəˌlaɪz//ˈsimbəˌlīz/