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 Detroit, Lyon asked a diverse group of locals to nominate people from their communities who represent the very best of service to society. Lauren Lee, CNN, "British artist creates a 'human atlas' of Detroit to tell 100 stories of the city's unsung heroes," 15 Nov. 2020 Swaray Conteh and Fatima Johnson, attorneys who represent Reed's family, are scheduled to respond to the grand jury's decision 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmaus Christian Church in Lafayette Square Mall. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Dreasjon Reed family attorneys to address grand jury decision at 11 a.m.," 14 Nov. 2020 Barnette met Thursday with representatives of the Teamsters and AFSCME who represent defenders, assistant county attorneys, and other staff about the situation. Randy Furst, Star Tribune, "Public Defender asks Hennepin County chief judge to halt out-of-custody hearings until pandemic eases," 13 Nov. 2020 But actively alienating Latino voters, who represent a growing share of the state’s population, compounded the state party’s self-defeating foolishness. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Disciplined Campaigns Win Elections," 12 Nov. 2020 Below the radar are large-scale hiring freezes, job cuts, and uncertainty for younger researchers and faculty members who represent the future of science. Gary Michelson, STAT, "Philanthropy should help fund exceptional young scientists," 12 Nov. 2020 Asaf Orr, a senior staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights who is helping represent the families, argues that the surgery pre-requisite is unconstitutional. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, "Parents of transgender kids sue over AZ law requiring surgery to change sex on birth certificate," 10 Nov. 2020 Each slate of electors is made up of 14 individuals who each represent one of the state's 14 congressional districts and two at large electors. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "These are the 16 electors who will cast Michigan's vote for president in the Electoral College," 8 Nov. 2020 Peter Weinberger, one of several attorneys who represent cities and counties in the thousands of cases before Polster, confirmed that lawyers for the communities have lauded the agreement. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Ohio backs $26 billion plan to settle nationwide opioid lawsuits with major drug companies," 6 Nov. 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

19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

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