representation, figure, metaphor, allegory, insigne (singular; plural is insignia), token, sign, emblem, badge, image, logotype, mark, trade mark, colophon, brand, code, abbreviation, phonogram, initialism, cryptogram, acronym, monogram, password, shibboleth, watchword, code word; arms, bearing, armorial bearing, crest, escutcheon, coat of arms, banner, flag, pennant, standard, Colloq logo:
This jewel is a mere symbol of my devotion and love for you.
1 image/object/event that is a sign of sth
clear, dramatic, perfect, potent, powerful, supreme, ultimate
The Berlin wall was the supreme symbol of the Cold War.
The dove is a universal symbol of peace.
| outward, physical, visual
The company car is an outward symbol of the employee's status.
| ancient, traditional | national | cultural, military, political | divine, religious, sacred | Christian, Hindu, etc. | fertility, phallic, sexual, virility
The villagers took fertility symbols into the fields to ensure a good harvest.
(= a person famous for being attractive)He is not most people's idea of a sex symbol.
A stressful job can actually be a status symbol.
VERB + SYMBOL
adopt sth as, regard sth as, see sth as, use sth as
Eggs are seen as the symbol of new life.
2 letter/sign that has a particular meaning
All GM products carry an identifying symbol.
| abstract, geometric, geometrical | graphic, written | chemical, Chinese, linguistic, mathematical, musical, phonemic, phonetic, punctuation
A list of phonetic symbols is given in the front of the dictionary.
VERB + SYMBOL
bear, be marked with, have
The coin bears a Jewish symbol. The bottle had a skull and crossbones symbol on it.
| display, show, use
Hotels that show this symbol offer activities for children.
| look out for, see
Always look out for the special ABTA symbol at your travel agent's. You can use your tokens wherever you see this symbol.
| decipher, interpret, understand
SYMBOL + VERB
denote sth, indicate sth, mean sth, represent sth
What does this little symbol mean?
a message written in symbols
| ~ for
O is the chemical symbol for oxygen.
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