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

Along with his cousin Ashley Stark-Kenner, the company’s vice president of design, Stark represents the future of the company. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Urban Cowboy Meets Old World New York in a Textile Heir's Apartment," 25 Feb. 2019 As female artists are still under-represented in galleries and Museums, such an initiative is vital. Vogue, "Radical Feminist Artist Renate Bertlmann Exhibits Dildos in Dresses at Her First Solo Show Stateside," 1 Apr. 2019 Boise’s net tech employment hit 28,645 last year, up 4.1% from 2017, representing 8.4% of its workforce, the report said. Angus Loten, WSJ, "IT Jobs Are Boosting the Economy, Even Outside Tech Hubs," 26 Mar. 2019 The lost files had been uploaded from 2003 — the year of the company’s birth — to 2015, representing more than 50 million songs by 14 million artists. Hamza Shaban, The Seattle Times, "Loss of old Myspace artifacts highlights the impermanence of the web," 24 Mar. 2019 This was before any size diversity was represented in fitness at all. SELF, "6 Tips for Pushing Fear Aside So You Can Finally Reach Your Fitness Goals," 31 Oct. 2018 Lyft makes now up 3 percent of all U.S. business expenses, while Uber represents 11 percent and Amazon 4 percent. Rani Molla, Recode, "One way to track the rise of tech — check the expense reports," 25 Oct. 2018 While abuse survivors are being well represented at the summit, women as a whole are not. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit," 20 Feb. 2019 That initiative, known as Project Athena, will represent the next generation of ultrabook or thin-and-light PCs—and PCWorld has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops," 7 Jan. 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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