from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To represent with or as if with an emblem; symbolize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stand as an emblem for; to represent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To represent by, or as by, an emblem; to symbolize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To represent or express by means of an emblem: as, to emblematize a thought, a quality, or the like.


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  • "See you in Sochi," the Russians 'somewhat affectedly chummy slogan for the 2014 Games, seems to emblematize their collective desire for a very different outcome this time.

    Elise Crane: Hamster Balls to Inflatable Beavers: Experiments in Tackiness at the Closing Ceremonies

  • Since the Live Aid movement captured the hearts and wallets of people in the Occidental world, the sallow-faced Ethiopian child has come to emblematize Africa: exotic, needy, and victimized.

    Rosalia Gitau: T.I.A.: This Is Africa

  • You could emblematize the public debate problem with, oh, this page.

    "I'm going to stop this car right now and leave you here!''

  • Which writers or works most emblematize Brooklyn for you?

    Archive 2008-09-03

  • Capitalism, people, the problem is unbridled capitalism under which I lump privatization, consumerism, class warfare--indeed, we might say that Kid Nation and Blackwater emblematize the sorry state we've long since arrived at.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • A few nice surprises included Salvator Rosa's Witches at their Incantations, which has a lovely skeleton-monster in it and seems to document the process of making a hand of glory, and Beuckelaer's Four Elements, a quartet of wonderful paintings that emblematize the Pythagorean unities as hyper-realistic food.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • And yet the pomelo and the lemon and lime trees, broken and crippled, are already displaying flower-buds, and with the tender green of new leafage emblematize the most alluring of the cardinal virtues — Hope.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • I saw clearly that the ordinance of baptism was designed to emblematize great facts in the

    Autobiography of John G. Fee: Berea, Kentucky

  • I saw that the ordinance of baptism was designed to emblematize great facts in the Gospel, like the burial and resurrection of our Lord, which sprinkling could not do; that the truths thus set forth needed to be presented in a brief manner to young and old.

    Autobiography of John G. Fee: Berea, Kentucky

  • The commentators of Vasari have taken this to emblematize the Roman Catholic legend of the Virgin having given rods to each of her suitors, and chosen him whose rod blossomed.

    Fra Bartolommeo


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  • to serve as an emblem of.

    August 26, 2009