• IPA: /ˈsɪmbəlaɪz/

symbolize (symbolizes, present participle symbolizing; past and past participle symbolized)

  1. (transitive) To be symbolic of; to represent.
  2. (intransitive) To use symbols; to represent ideas symbolically.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To resemble each other in qualities or properties; to correspond; to harmonize.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      The pleasing of colour symbolizeth with the pleasing of any single tone to the ear; but the pleasing of order doth symbolize with harmony.
    • They both symbolize in this, that they love to look upon themselves through multiplying glasses.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To hold the same faith; to agree.
    • The believers in pretended miracles have always previously symbolized with the performers of them.

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