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symbolize (v.)

c. 1600, "represent by a symbol," also "be a symbol of," from French symboliser, from symbole (see symbol). Related: Symbolized; symbolizes; symbolizing.

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Definitions of symbolize from WordNet

symbolize (v.)
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol;
What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?
Synonyms: typify / symbolise / stand for / represent
symbolize (v.)
represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols;
The poet symbolizes love in this poem
These painters believed that artists should symbolize
Synonyms: symbolise
From wordnet.princeton.edu