Meaning of SYMBOL in English
1 image/object/event that is a sign of sth
▪ dramatic , important , perfect , potent , powerful , ultimate
The Berlin wall was the ultimate ~ of the Cold War.
The dove is a universal ~ of peace.
▪ outward , physical , visual
The company car is an outward ~ of the employee's status.
▪ ancient , traditional
▪ 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 ~.
A stressful job can actually be a status ~.
VERB + SYMBOL
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.
▪ ~ of
a ~ of royal power
2 letter/sign that has a particular meaning
▪ 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?
▪ in ~s
a message written in ~s
▪ ~ for
O is the chemical ~ for oxygen.
Oxford Collocations English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний . 2012