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Verb: symbolize  'sim-bu,lIz
  1. Express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
    "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?";
    - typify, symbolise [Brit], stand for, represent, symbol [archaic]
     
  2. Represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols
    "The poet symbolizes love in this poem"; "These painters believed that artists should symbolize";
    - symbolise [Brit], symbol [archaic]

Derived forms: symbolizes, symbolizing, symbolized

Type of: intend, mean, represent

Encyclopedia: Symbolize