represent

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

re-present

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

Baldwin's words, perhaps now more than ever, guide many Black Americans to think about how they're represented onscreen. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 Chang’e-4, whose name comes a mythological goddess who lives on the moon with her pet rabbit, represents another step forward for the CNSA's ambitions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "China Successfully Lands on Far Side of Moon," 3 Jan. 2019 In one item, the talking, singing fish represents nostalgia, DIY hackery, and corporations taking independent developer ideas and turning it to profit. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 That pedigree is strongly represented in the game's form—in fact, Ford and Reiche even had the assistance of Starflight alum Greg Johnson in fleshing out aspects of SC2's design and dialog. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: How Star Control II was almost a much more boring game," 27 Dec. 2018 Purple orchids are an elegant and universal flower that carry a lot of emotional weight and represent delicate beauty. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "12 Best Valentine's Day Flower Arrangements for That Special Someone," 18 Dec. 2018 Some cottons are organic just to use the moniker, while others represent a deep commitment to environmentally and socially sustainable practices. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 The prosperous plant represented everlasting life, peace, and opulence, which was important because winter was a time when their sun god, Ra, was ill and weak, reports History.com. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 But those items represented the establishment GOP’s agenda. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Don’t Be Shocked: Trump Is Being Trump," 24 Dec. 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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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 \
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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