from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To serve as a symbol of: "Munich, the 1938 Hitler-Chamberlain meeting that now symbolizes the idea of appeasement” ( Jonathan Alter).
- transitive v. To represent or identify by a symbol.
- intransitive v. To use symbols.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be symbolic of; to represent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To have a resemblance of qualities or properties; to correspond; to harmonize.
- intransitive v. To hold the same faith; to agree.
- intransitive v. To use symbols; to represent ideas symbolically.
- transitive v. To make to agree in properties or qualities.
- transitive v. To make representative of something; to regard or treat as symbolic.
- transitive v. To represent by a symbol or symbols.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To represent by symbols.
- To regard, treat, or introduce as symbolic; make emblematic of something.
- To make to agree in properties.
- To express or represent in symbols or symbolically.
- To agree; conform; harmonize; be or become alike in qualities or properties, in doctrine, or the like.
- Also spelled symbolise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
- v. represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols
From Middle French symboliser (Wiktionary)