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 re-present (audio) \ adjective
representer noun

Verb (2)

re-presentation \ ˌrē-​ˌprē-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce re-present (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 What's different is these movements like Q that represent these poisonous conspiracy theories that have gained increasing traction on the right and will be a part of the civil war going forward. NBC News, "Meet the Press - January 17, 2021," 17 Jan. 2021 Margolies and her team started by scouring the market to find the right burgeoning names that best represent this ethos. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saks Fifth Avenue Breathes New Life into Barneys New York," 15 Jan. 2021 The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running ads against seven House Republicans who represent districts won by President-elect Joe Biden on Nov. 3 and voted against the single article of impeachment approved this week. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "House Democrats build first 2022 ad campaign around GOP opposition to impeachment," 15 Jan. 2021 Thomas acknowledges that his interest in blocking the amendments isn’t altruistic — lawyers who represent whistleblowers operate on a contingency basis, taking usually about a third of their clients’ award. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "The SEC Undermined a Powerful Weapon Against White-Collar Crime," 13 Jan. 2021 Because Brady is a Democrat, the county charter calls for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party’s central committee members who represent the district to choose a replacement. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "How to get a coronavirus vaccine? Ohioans must find it themselves: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021," 13 Jan. 2021 The Flyers will allow one family per game inside the Wells Fargo Center that represent frontline and essential workers who worked in the community in the battle against COVID-19. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Farabee has 4-point game, Flyers beat Penguins 6-3," 13 Jan. 2021 This industry rollup, Mitchell said, is problematic for customers and for the independent office suppliers that still represent about one-quarter of the market. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon’s rise could help pave the way for Staples-Office Depot merger, finally," 11 Jan. 2021 Covid-19 has been particularly devastating for residents of long-term care facilities, who represent small fractions of overall populations but huge shares of coronavirus deaths. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Covid-19 Stalked Nursing Homes Around the World," 31 Dec. 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

24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Represent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/represent. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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