represent

verb (1)
rep·​re·​sent | \ ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce represent (audio) \
represented; representing; represents

Definition of represent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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
5a : to produce on the stage
b : to act the part or role of
6a(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
8a : 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
9 : to serve as a specimen, example, or instance of
10a : to form an image or representation of in the mind
b(1) : to apprehend (an object) by means of an idea
(2) : to recall in memory
11 : to correspond to in essence : constitute

intransitive verb

1 : to make representations against something : protest
2 slang : to perform a task or duty admirably : serve as an outstanding example

re-present

verb (2)
re-pre·​sent | \ ˌrē-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce re-present (audio) \
re-presented; re-presenting; re-presents

Definition of re-present (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to present again or anew

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Other Words from represent

Verb (1)

representable \ ˌre-​pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce representable (audio) \ adjective
representer noun

Verb (2)

re-presentation \ ˌrē-​ˌprē-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce re-presentation (audio) , -​ˌpre-​zᵊn-​ , -​ˌprē-​zᵊn-​ \ noun

Synonyms for represent

Synonyms: Verb (1)

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Examples of represent in a Sentence

Verb (1) 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Wednesday, July 29 through Thursday, July 30. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for July 31," 31 July 2020 The judge then retained a high-profile trial lawyer to represent him before the appeals court. Ann E. Marimow, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Flynn case to be reheard by full federal appeals court in D.C.," 30 July 2020 The public defender assigned to represent him had no comment. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Fla. Dad Accused of Killing Family in Celebration Home Blames Slain Wife in Letter to His Father," 29 July 2020 Similar to how classical electronics can represent information as digital or analog signals, quantum systems can encode information as either discrete variables (DVs) in particles or continuous variables (CVs) in waves. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Scientific American, "‘Hybrid’ Quantum Networking Demonstrated for First Time," 2 July 2020 Oregon has an online tool to identify the lawmakers who represent you and the employment department has liaisons working with lawmakers to help resolve constituent claims. oregonlive, "Q&A: What’s the state of Oregon’s troubled jobless benefits system?," 2 July 2020 The judge postponed the arraignment and the entry of a not-guilty plea until Thursday, when Carrillo is expected to be appointed a lawyer who will represent him. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Air Force sergeant indicted in murder case of federal security guard in Oakland," 29 June 2020 Their demands are simple: a $15 per hour wage, proper personal protective equipment, weekly hazard pay of $150, and the chance to represent themselves in collective bargaining negotiations in order to strike a fair deal with management. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "New Orleans’ Underpaid, Overexposed Sanitation Workers," 29 June 2020 The family has retained Michael Johnson, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, to represent them. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Althea Bernstein: 18-Year-Old Doused With Lighter Fluid, Lit On Fire In Apparent Hate Crime," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of represent

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1564, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for represent

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French representer, from Latin repraesentare, from re- + praesentare to present

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The first known use of represent was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Represent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/represent. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for represent

represent

verb
How to pronounce re-present (audio)

English Language Learners 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

represent

verb
rep·​re·​sent | \ ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce represent (audio) \
represented; representing

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.

represent

transitive verb
rep·​re·​sent

Legal Definition of represent

1 : to substitute in some capacity for : act the part of, in place of, or for (as another person) usually by legal right: as
a : to serve especially in a legislative body by delegated authority usually resulting from an election
b : to provide legal representation to as a lawyer
c : to act as the representative of in a class action
2a : to describe as having a specified character or quality
b : to give one's impression and judgment of : state in a manner intended to affect action or judgment

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