represent

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verb rep·re·sent \ ˌre-pri-ˈzent \

Definition of represent

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
5 a :to produce on the stage
b :to act the part or role of
6 a (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
8 a :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
10 a :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

representable

play \-ˈzen-tə-bəl\ adjective

representer

noun

Examples of represent in a Sentence

  1. He represented his company at the meeting.

  2. She hired an agent to represent her in the contract negotiations.

  3. Senator Smith represents the state of Connecticut.

  4. The company is represented by a local law firm.

  5. She represented the United States in figure skating at the Olympics.

  6. The court's decision represents a victory for small businesses.

  7. The new prices represent a substantial increase over last year's prices.

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Origin and Etymology of represent

Middle English, from Anglo-French representer, from Latin repraesentare, from re- + praesentare to present


re-present

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verb re-pre·sent \ ˌrē-pri-ˈzent \

Definition of re-present

transitive verb
:to present again or anew

re-presentation

play \ˌrē-ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən, -ˌpre-zᵊn-, -ˌprē-zᵊn-\ noun

First Known Use of re-present

1564



REPRESENT Defined for English Language Learners

represent

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verb

Definition of represent for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

represent

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verb rep·re·sent \ ˌre-pri-ˈzent \

Definition of represent for Students

represented; representing
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.

Law Dictionary

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
2 a :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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