Definition of represent
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 stageb : 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 agentsb : 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 judgmentb : to point out in protest or remonstrance
representableplay \-ˈzen-tə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of represent in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of represent from the Web
The line of people outside the old funeral home in Fort Thomas Friday represented a swath of American society.
And the review misstated the number of Balke’s contemporaries who are represented in the Met show.
The number represents only those who have contacted Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group that provides information on the process.
The move represented a major breakthrough among American allies that still clash regularly over issues stemming from Japan’s more than three-decade occupation of South Korea.
That cut, which was revealed as part of President Trump’s budget proposal last Tuesday, represents 18 percent of the NIH’s budget.
In a college football conference where rival athletic departments spend millions of dollars to remain competitive, King represents one of the latest investments.
Amazon was also well-represented at Cannes, with several movies in competition.
Patrick M. Regan is an attorney representing several plaintiffs.
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Origin and Etymology of represent
Middle English, from Anglo-French representer, from Latin repraesentare, from re- + praesentare to present
First Known Use: 14th century
REPRESENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of represent for Students
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.
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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