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Definition of the verb symbolize

What does symbolize mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: symbolized | symbolizing | symbolizes

  1. express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
  2. represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols
    • examples: The poet symbolizes love in this poem | These painters believed that artists should symbolize
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • alternative spelling: symbolise
    • more generic word: represent = describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality

Alternative definition of the verb symbolize


  1. To be symbolic of; to represent.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for symbolize

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Google previewProfessional Discourse (2014)

by Kenneth Kong

The preinstitutional capacity to symbolize is the condition of creation of all human institutions. (Searle 1995: 75) One very useful way of seeing the connections of language use in different professions is to investigate language as a symbol.

Google previewPsychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century (2006)

Competitors Or Collaborators? by David M. Black

The preinstitutional capacity to symbolize is the condition of possibility of the creation of all human institutions. (Searle 1995: 75) Religion, art and science are mental axes dependent upon this capacity to represent. Each of these mental axes ...

Google previewMysteries and Prophecies Revealed-Ma Cocba Te Cuma (The Book of Wisdom)

by Michael Dale

But no, symbolize means to spiritualize; meaning that the concept that is used to only represent something in the physical world is actually a true reality in the spiritual realm. All sin and all sinful acts are an aspect of the devil's personality.

Google previewCritical Perspectives on Wole Soyinka (1980)

by Wole Soyinka, James Gibbs

What the music and the dance of transition, which first emerge in the adaptation of The Bacchae and are then fully explored with indigenous material in Death and the King's Horseman, symbolize is the ecstasy, the ineffable joy and peace ...

Google previewFitzgerald and Hemingway on Film (2014)

A Critical Study of the Adaptations, 1924-2013 by Candace Ursula Grissom

What the reversal in hair color versus character here appears to symbolize is that no one is always what Three ...

Google previewSchool and Home Education (1895)

The growth of the content which one of these mechanical forms may be made to symbolize is an interesting study to one who cares for w such things. “The bearing of the above remarks is 1896} 423 THE PUBLICLSCHOOL JOURNAL.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the African Diaspora (2008)

Origins, Experiences, and Culture. A-C. Volume 1

is placed to symbolize the cultural and historical foundation upon which Kwanzaa is based. On top of this mkeka are placed mazao (the crops) that ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Freemasonry. ... Third edition, enlarged and improved by the author. [With a portrait.] (1856)

by Albert Gallatin MACKEY

symbolize. perfect. wisdom. and. perfect. charity.* - PENALTY. The ceremony of entering into a covenant among the ancient Hebrews, is alluded to in Jeremiah xxxiv. 18. - It was usual for the parties covenanting, to cut a beast in twain, and ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

to symbolize БЭЛЭГЛЭХ (бэлэглэнөгөх) topresent, ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

to symbolize a picture or image; software programs to create, use, and edit pictures, for example, Adobe Photoshop® and Paint Shop Pro®. GRAPHICAL INTERCHANGE (INTERFACE) FORMAT (GIF) 134 GRAPHICAL INTERCHANGE ...

Google previewThe Nightmare Dictionary (2013)

Discover What Causes Nightmares and What Your Bad Dreams Mean by Adams Media

A coffin might symbolize a feeling of confinement. Coffins also relate to death; in this case, ask yourself what part of your life might be dead or dying. Corpse. To dream of yourself as a corpse or to experience your death is not necessarily a ...

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Symbolize Meaning

Video shows what symbolize means. To be symbolic of, to represent.. To use symbols, to represent ideas symbolically.. To resemble each other in qualities or ...

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Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. (Robert Frank)
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Scrabble value of S1Y4M3B3O1L1I1Z10E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 25 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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