1. [ verb ] express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
Synonyms: represent stand_for typify symbolise

"What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"

Related terms: mean embody represent typify symbol representation symbol symbolizing typification
2. [ verb ] represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols
Synonyms: symbolise

"The poet symbolizes love in this poem" "These painters believed that artists should symbolize"

Related terms: represent symbolization
Similar spelling:   symbolizer