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Meaning of SYMBOLIZE

Pronunciation:  'simbu`lIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
  2. [v]  represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols; "The poet symbolizes love in this poem"; "These painters believed that artists should symbolize"

SYMBOLIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: represent, stand for, symbolise, typify
 See Also: be, embody, epitomise, epitomize, intend, mean, personify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sym"bol*ize\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Symbolized}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Symbolizing}.] [Cf. F. symboliser.]
    1. To have a resemblance of qualities or properties; to
       correspond; to harmonize.
             The pleasing of color symbolizeth with the pleasing
             of any single tone to the ear; but the pleasing of
             order doth symbolize with harmony.    --Bacon.
             They both symbolize in this, that they love to look
             upon themselves through multiplying glasses.
    2. To hold the same faith; to agree. [R.]
             The believers in pretended miracles have always
             previously symbolized with the performers of them.
                                                   --G. S. Faber.
    3. To use symbols; to represent ideas symbolically.
  2. \Sym"bol*ize\, v. t.
    1. To make to agree in properties or qualities.
    2. To make representative of something; to regard or treat as
       symbolic. ``Some symbolize the same from the mystery of
       its colors.'' --Sir T. Browne.
    3. To represent by a symbol or symbols.