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adjective symbolic pronunciation in British English /sɪmˈbɒlɪk/
  1. 1
    representing something important
    This meeting has great symbolic importance for the people of Ireland.
    It was highly symbolic that she named her son after our father.
  2. 2
    used or considered as a symbol
    symbolic of: The wedding rings are symbolic of their love.
  3. 3
    using or involving symbols
    symbolic paintings

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 symbolic pronunciation in British English /sɪmˈbɒlɪkli/ adverb
The vote is symbolically important.


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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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