verb (1)
rep·re·sent | \ˌre-pri-ˈzent \
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


verb (2)
re-pre·sent | \ˌrē-pri-ˈzent \
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 \ adjective
representer noun

Verb (2)

re-presentation \ˌrē-ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən, -ˌpre-zᵊn-, -ˌprē-zᵊn- \ noun

Synonyms for represent

Synonyms: Verb (1)

character, characterize, define, depict, describe, portray

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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

Mark Massara, an attorney and surfer, represents the Opal Cliffs Recreation District which has been charging an annual fee since at least 1963. CBS News, "Locals residents and state officials battle over access to public California beach," 13 July 2018 This fifth annual conference represents an important milestone for ColorComm’s founder Lauren Wesley Wilson. NBC News, "Be proactive and step out of your comfort zone:," 13 July 2018 That represents a slowdown from the 3 percent rise in the first quarter. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 The sale represents the food company’s latest attempt to pivot away from legacy consumer staples to high-growth products in different aisles of the grocery store, such as coffee and pet food. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 13 July 2018 Stucker, the pilot, represents the more traditional side of this region. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Their stepping down represents a change in Vogue’s aesthetic, especially as Goodman is responsible for many of the cover shoots. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Vogue Reportedly Losing Two Top Editors," 13 July 2018 How Kentucky can lose to Middle Tennessee State Sandwiched between rivals Tennessee and Louisville on Kentucky’s schedule, Middle Tennessee represents the prototypical trap game. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Middle Tennessee State," 12 July 2018 In Guerra’s view, the housing represents a step forward for the site. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Remember the old state fairgrounds? It’s Sacramento’s newest urban housing hot spot," 12 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to represent

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

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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


rep·re·sent | \ˌre-pri-ˈzent \
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.


transitive verb

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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