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verb [transitive] symbolize pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪmbəlaɪz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysymbolize
he/she/itsymbolizes
present participlesymbolizing
past tensesymbolized
past participlesymbolized
  1. 1
    to be a symbol of something

    The dragon symbolizes the enemies of the Church.

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  2. 2
    to be considered as a typical or perfect example of something

    For many people, cars symbolize personal freedom.

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