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"symbol" in British English

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symbolnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɪm.bəl/  us   /ˈsɪm.bəl/
B2 a sign, shape, or object that is used to represent something else: A heart shape is the symbol of love. The wheel in the Indian flag is a symbol of peace.
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something that is used to represent a quality or idea: Water, a symbol of life, recurs as an image throughout her poems.
a number, letter, or sign used in mathematics, music, science, etc.: The symbol for oxygen is O.
An object can be described as a symbol of something else if it seems to represent it because it is connected with it in a lot of people's minds: The private jet is a symbol of wealth.

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(Definition of symbol from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"symbol" in American English

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symbolnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɪm·bəl/
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  us   /sɪmˈbɑl·ɪk/
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)

"symbol" in Business English

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symbolnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsɪmbəl/
a sign, shape, or object that is used to represent something else: The Nike tick is an instantly recognizable symbol.
something that shows someone's position in society: The BlackBerry and the iPhone, initially symbols of high status, have become popular choices in the marketplace. Owning a car has become a symbol of success in China's main cities.
STOCK MARKET →  ticker
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(Definition of symbol from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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