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 Far too often, curvier women are forced to chose pieces that do not have the same appeal as what’s on the market, which doesn’t represent the average sized 16 woman. Nandi Howard, Essence, "11 Honoré Drops 2nd Collection From Its Size Inclusive In House Label," 7 July 2020 The opinions expressed in this essay do not represent those of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Perelman School of Medicine, or the Annenberg School for Communication. Jessica Fishman, Scientific American, "It Shouldn't Be Taboo to Publish Images of Those Killed by Violence," 26 June 2020 One could be fooled into thinking this is a feat in representation, but those faces don't represent anything but a figment of this country's racist imagination. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Eskimo Pies Are Over As The Company Discontinues Racist Branding," 23 June 2020 Stephens also ruled that the 1945 law did not represent an unconstitutional ceding of powers to the governor by the Legislature, and therefore Whitmer's extension of the state of emergency and use of emergency orders are lawful. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Federal judge questions Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus emergency powers," 19 June 2020 But Togo’s system isn’t without potential flaws as digitization, by itself, does not represent a silver bullet. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "One of Africa’s smallest economies is plugging social welfare gaps with digital cash transfers," 11 June 2020 These numbers are cumulative and do not represent the number of current infections at a facility. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Here are the Dallas nursing homes with COVID-19 infections and deaths," 9 June 2020 Superintendent Scott Muri and board President Donna Smith said Woodall's views do not represent the views of the district. Midland Reporter-telegram, Houston Chronicle, "Petition demands removal of Odessa school board member who shared anti-Semitic, racist posts," 9 June 2020 The food was consumed by a single dinosaur over a matter of hours and may not represent the nodosaur’s typical diet. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Mummified ankylosaur offers a rare glimpse of a dinosaur’s last meal," 3 June 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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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Represent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/represent. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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