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 Already, a tentative settlement has been reached with about half the states and lawyers representing at least 1,000 local governments. CBS News, "Even with its bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off the hook," 16 Sep. 2019 Farak tested as many as 11,000 samples from Boston-area cases, which were handled by the Hinton lab, regularly surpassing Dookhan’s numbers, according to state records and interviews with lawyers representing drug lab defendants. BostonGlobe.com, "State investigation of Hinton drug lab didn’t include work of chemist later convicted of stealing evidence at another lab - The Boston Globe," 16 Sep. 2019 Justice Department lawyers representing the Health and Human Services Department argued in their brief last month that the rule is consistent with the protections in laws enacted by Congress. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara County asks judge to strike down Trump’s expanded ‘religious refusal’ rule," 13 Sep. 2019 The Washington Post reported the executive committee of lawyers representing cities, counties and other groups in a consolidated federal lawsuit against Purdue and other drug companies is recommending the deal be accepted. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Opposition to Purdue settlement runs deep in Connecticut and Northeast; purported $10B-$12B deal seen as ‘fantasy’," 13 Sep. 2019 Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Patriots' Antonio Brown practices, status for Sunday's game unclear," 11 Sep. 2019 Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. Kyle Hightower, baltimoresun.com, "Patriots’ Antonio Brown practices a day after being accused of sexual assault in lawsuit," 11 Sep. 2019 Alliance partner Renault was represented by Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard and Chief Executive Officer Thierry Bollore. Fortune, "How Nissan’s CEO Went From Defiant to Fired in 24 Hours," 10 Sep. 2019 Robinson was listed in electronic court records as being represented by the Office of the Public Defender. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster woman charged with assaulting minor," 4 Sep. 2019

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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

2 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Represent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representing. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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