Meaning of SYMBOL in English

SYMBOL

noun

1 image/object/event that is a sign of sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ dramatic , important , perfect , potent , powerful , ultimate

The Berlin wall was the ultimate ~ of the Cold War.

▪ universal

The dove is a universal ~ of peace.

▪ outward , physical , visual

The company car is an outward ~ of the employee's status.

▪ ancient , traditional

▪ national

▪ cultural , political

▪ religious , sacred

▪ Christian , Hindu , etc.

▪ fertility , phallic , sexual

The people use fertility ~s to ensure a good harvest.

▪ sex (= a person famous for being attractive)

He is not most people's idea of a sex ~.

▪ status

A stressful job can actually be a status ~.

VERB + SYMBOL

▪ become

▪ create

▪ represent

Guevara has come to represent a powerful ~ of defiance.

▪ adopt sth as , consider sth , interpret sth as , regard sth as , see sth as , use sth as

Eggs are seen as the ~ of new life.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

a ~ of royal power

2 letter/sign that has a particular meaning

ADJECTIVE

▪ abstract , geometric

▪ graphic , written

▪ chemical , Chinese , linguistic , mathematical , musical , phonetic

A list of phonetic ~s is given in the front of the dictionary.

VERB + SYMBOL

▪ bear , be marked with , have

The coin bears a Jewish ~.

The bottle had a skull and crossbones ~ on it.

▪ display , show , use

Hotels that show this ~ offer activities for children.

▪ decipher , interpret , understand

SYMBOL + VERB

▪ denote sth , indicate sth , mean sth , represent sth

What does this little ~ mean?

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~s

a message written in ~s

▪ ~ for

O is the chemical ~ for oxygen.

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .