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


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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Each year, the Michigan Teacher of the Year program selects someone who best represents excellence in teaching, and that person serves as a spokesperson for all teachers in the state for the year. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "What soccer-loving uncle taught 2 top Michigan teachers," 13 July 2018 But one big name didn’t send a video congratulation: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco. Joe Garofoli,, "London Breed’s inauguration makes the Congressional Record, thanks to Pelosi," 12 July 2018 The only challenger to receive BTU’s endorsement was Jim Silvernale, who represents maintenance workers through the Federation of Public Employees union. Scott Travis,, "Teachers union not endorsing any candidate with ties to Stoneman Douglas," 12 July 2018 The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the disbarment of Bernardo Roman, who formerly represented the small tribe of West Miami-Dade. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Bogus lawsuits are getting this Miami lawyer booted from the legal profession," 12 July 2018 Bango, who was born and raised in Orlando, has more than 10 years of experience in community and government service as chief of staff for Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill, who represents Parramore, and as an aide in the Florida Senate. Annie Martin,, "Valencia and UCF name community engagement director for downtown campus," 11 July 2018 Weinstein, who has represented District 1, which includes Ellicott City since 2014, could not be immediately reached for comment. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard council incumbent's loss confirmed in ballot recount," 11 July 2018 Champion's story contrasts with testimony Monday by Caudle and claims by the lawyers who represent both Caudle and Tellis in the unrelated cases. Jeff Amy, Fox News, "Judge won't sanction prosecutor over inmate tampering claim," 10 July 2018 Councilman David James, who represents District 6 in Louisville, was present at the event where Bevin filmed the promo. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Matt Bevin's 'disturbing' West End comments spark outrage," 10 July 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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The first known use of represent was in the 14th century

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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


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.


transitive verb

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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obstinately defiant of authority

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