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)

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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 And in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio went back-and-forth with the governor in recent days over how to shut down schools in troubled areas, developments that represent a setback for a city that has the largest school district in the country. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "The Northeast Held the Virus in Check. Now Cases Are Inching Up Again.," 9 Oct. 2020 While traditional computers store information as either zeros or ones, quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which represent and store information as both zeros and ones simultaneously. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Visa, JPMorgan Are Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks," 9 Oct. 2020 That's because many big banks have deferred tax assets that represent future savings which can help offset higher rates. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Biden wants to undo Trump's tax cuts. Wall Street is backing him anyway," 9 Oct. 2020 This week, Facebook vowed to remove any pages, groups, or Instagram accounts that represent QAnon, which has gobbled up loads of engagement on the platform thanks to its something-for-everybody theories. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "A Facebook Ban Won't Stop QAnon," 8 Oct. 2020 The shorts have stars on either side, which represent 22 of the 29 times King was arrested for fighting for justice and equality, the Hawks said. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Atlanta Hawks pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with new alternate uniforms," 5 Oct. 2020 In the past two weeks, 30% of the new cases in the city have come from 11 neighborhoods that represent 8.7% of the population. Henry Goldman, Bloomberg.com, "Orthodox Jewish Communities Chafe Under NYC Mask Crackdown," 2 Oct. 2020 Other political groups are also advocating for Black candidates or candidates that will represent the interests of people of color. Barbara Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Black women legislators are rare in statehouses. This could be the solution.," 2 Oct. 2020 Frustrated by party leadership that doesn't represent their call for urgent climate action and public discourse that discounts their views, young Republicans also seem more willing to pose their own climate solutions. Ilana Cohen, Scientific American, "Young Republican Climate Activists Split Over How to Get Their Voices Heard in November’s Election," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Represent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/represent. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for represent

represent

verb
How to pronounce re-present (audio)

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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