Simple Definition of represent
: to act or speak officially for (someone or something)
: to have a government position in which you speak or act for (a particular group, state, etc.)
: to speak or act for (someone or something) in a court of law
Full Definition of represent
1 : to bring clearly before the mind : present <a book which represents the character of early America>
2 : to serve as a sign or symbol of <the flag represents our country>
3 : to portray or exhibit in art : depict
4 : to serve as the counterpart or image of : typify <a movie hero who represents the ideals of the culture>
5 a : to produce on the stage b : to act the part or role of
6 a (1) : to take the place of in some respect (2) : to act in the place of or for usually by legal right (3) : to manage the legal and business affairs of <athletes represented by top lawyers and agents> b : to serve especially in a legislative body by delegated authority usually resulting from election
7 : to describe as having a specified character or quality <represents himself as a friend>
8 a : to give one's impression and judgment of : state in a manner intended to affect action or judgment b : to point out in protest or remonstrance
Examples of represent
He represented his company at the meeting.
She hired an agent to represent her in the contract negotiations.
Senator Smith represents the state of Connecticut.
The company is represented by a local law firm.
She represented the United States in figure skating at the Olympics.
The court's decision represents a victory for small businesses.
The new prices represent a substantial increase over last year's prices.
Origin of represent
Middle English, from Anglo-French representer, from Latin repraesentare, from re- + praesentare to present
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with represent
accident, aliment, Blaenau Gwent, circumvent, compartment, complement, compliment, confident, devilment, diffident, discontent, document, evident, heaven-sent, implement, incident, instrument, Jack-a-Lent, malcontent, nonevent, Occident, ornament, orient, provident, regiment, reinvent, re-present, resident, Saint-Laurent, sediment, self-content, subsequent, supplement
REPRESENT Defined for Kids
Definition of represent
1 : to present a picture, image, or likeness of : portray <This picture represents a country scene.>
2 : to be a sign or symbol of <The flag represents our country.>
3 : to act for or in place of <We elect men and women to represent us in Congress.>
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