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)

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

Scheduling snafus aside, the Galaxy and LAFC had figured to be well-represented in the men’s tournaments after the two MLS teams placed 11 players on the provisional national team rosters for those events. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Soccer! France is slowly warming up to the Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Coca said young people are not always represented in political decisions, even though they are affected by them. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville teens are getting a big learning opportunity this summer: Trip to Puerto Rico," 11 June 2019 Considering the strong season for plays on Broadway, what a shame that the Tonys once again could not figure out how to represent them. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "The Best and Worst of the 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 The new directors hired San Diego attorney Cory Briggs to represent them in mid-March. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Court rules in county’s favor, strikes blow to Julian volunteer firefighters," 8 June 2019 Queen Elizabeth acts as the Colonel-in-Chief of the five Foot Guard regiments, and each has its own royal colonel representing it. PEOPLE.com, "It's the Most Royal Day of the Year! Everything You Need to Know About Trooping the Colour," 7 June 2019 Attempts to reach Newberg were unsuccessful Thursday and no attorney was yet listed as representing him in court records. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore police sergeant charged with misconduct, assault and false imprisonment is released on bond," 7 June 2019 McNeeley must now hire a new lawyer to represent her. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Prominent Cleveland lawyer who called witness in corruption case a snitch withdraws from case," 7 June 2019 Benita’s family hired attorney Laura Douglas of NeJame Law to represent them. Karina Elwood, orlandosentinel.com, "Family demands ride-share changes after girl’s downtown Orlando suicide: ’Uber took my daughter past the point of no return’," 6 June 2019

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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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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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