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 For many Black protesters and police-reform advocates, the razor wire, armored vehicles and camouflaged soldiers with rifles are the ultimate expression of the yawning chasm between the government and the people it is supposed to represent. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'No justice, no streets': Still grieving, Minneapolis residents wonder how city will move forward after Derek Chauvin trial," 4 Apr. 2021 The doors are decorated to represent each fairy’s personality. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Fairy Doors return to Leu Gardens for fourth year of magic," 2 Apr. 2021 The rebrand, which is meant to represent VW’s commitment to electric transportation, will take effect in May, the company announced Tuesday. Washington Post, "VW confirms it’s going all in on electric, starting with new US name: Voltswagen," 30 Mar. 2021 After a hard year for the MU athletic department in general and the men's basketball team in particular, the 43-year-old Smart seemed to represent the dawn of new hope. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette was won over by Shaka Smart's leadership skills. Now the new coach has work to do.," 29 Mar. 2021 It was concerning, but did not, at the time, seem to represent an existential threat to the observatory itself. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "The Collapse of Puerto Rico’s Iconic Telescope," 29 Mar. 2021 That would seem to represent a rising tide for all shipbuilders. al, "Austal USA breaks ground on steel production line, opening ‘new era’," 26 Mar. 2021 When the 2002 Olympics came to the area, Park City Ski Team coaches chose Ligety to represent the team as a forerunner. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ted Ligety sees Olympics in his future, even after retirement," 26 Mar. 2021 And for decades, being an Asian American character actor seemed to simultaneously represent a ceiling and a devil’s bargain. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "What Was the Asian American Character Actor?," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Represent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/represent. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for represent

represent

verb

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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