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symbol

noun [C]  /ˈsɪm·bəl/ us  
anything used to represent something else, such as a sign or mark, a person, or an event: Five interlocking rings is the symbol of the Olympic games. She’s a symbol of hope for people living with this condition. Symbols are used in mathematics, music, and science and also have various practical uses: The symbol on this label means that the shirt is washable.
symbolic
adjective  /sɪmˈbɑl·ɪk/ us  
The Oval Office in the White House has come to be regarded as symbolic of the presidency.
symbolically
adverb /sɪmˈbɑl·ɪk·li/
(Definition of symbol from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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