represent

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verb (1)

rep·​re·​sent ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce represent (audio)
represented; representing; represents

transitive verb

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: to bring clearly before the mind : present
a book which represents the character of early America
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: to serve as a sign or symbol of
the flag represents our country
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: 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
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: to produce on the stage
b
: to act the part or role of
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a(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
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: to describe as having a specified character or quality
represents himself as a friend
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a
: 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
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: to serve as a specimen, example, or instance of
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a
: 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
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: to correspond to in essence : constitute

intransitive verb

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: to make representations against something : protest
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slang : to perform a task or duty admirably : serve as an outstanding example
representable adjective
representer noun

re-present

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verb (2)

re-pre·​sent ˌrē-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce re-present (audio)
re-presented; re-presenting; re-presents

transitive verb

: to present again or anew
re-presentation
ˌrē-ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce re-present (audio)
-ˌpre-zᵊn-
-ˌprē-zᵊn-
noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Quaid also spent a chunk of time doling out thanks, notably to the theater owners in the audience, as CinemaCon represents the annual gathering of members of the National Association of Theater Owners. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2024 And the fact that Democrats got seven bills passed this session represents some degree of courtesy to the minority party, said University of Kentucky political scientist Stephen Voss. Rebecca Grapevine, The Courier-Journal, 12 Apr. 2024 The meatball was not created for consumption, but to represent animals that have disappeared due to planetary warming and showcase how cultured meat can fill the gap (human hunting and the melting of the icebergs are believed to have driven woolly mammoths to extinction). Vivian Song, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 Josh Lowenthal, the state Assembly member who represents Catalina Island, is hopeful that local collaboration between healthcare providers and lawmakers will offer a solution. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 One tricky part is that while growth rings on trees represent years, the growth rings on octopus represent days. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 11 Apr. 2024 Galindo-Elvira will represent roughly 200,000 residents in parts of downtown, Laveen and Estrella Village in the southwest portion of the city until at least November. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 The report, which entailed more than 12,600 interviews, is one of the largest surveys in Myanmar since the military sparked the civil war by seizing power in 2021, and represents a rare accounting of economic upheaval in what was one of Asia’s most promising emerging markets. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 In fact, what many investors consider to be the ultimate balanced portfolio — a blend of 60% stocks or stock funds with 40% bonds or bond funds — continues to represent a sound strategy. The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2024
Verb
Arriving at the doctor’s home in Hungary having not seen Semmelweis for eleven years, two former colleagues beg him to return to Vienna to re-present his findings from all those years ago to a medical conference. David Benedict, Variety, 13 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French representer, from Latin repraesentare, from re- + praesentare to present

First Known Use

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1564, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of represent was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Represent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/represent. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

represent

verb
rep·​re·​sent ˌrep-ri-ˈzent How to pronounce represent (audio)
1
: to serve as a sign or symbol of
the flag represents our country
2
: to present a picture, image, or likeness of : portray
this picture represents a scene at Queen Elizabeth's court
3
a
: to take the place of in some respect
b
: to act for or in the place of (as in a legislative body)
c
: to manage the legal and business affairs of
he represented one of the sport's top athletes
4
: to describe as having a certain character or quality
represented himself as being poor
5
: to serve as an example or instance of
representable adjective
representer noun

Legal Definition

represent

transitive verb
rep·​re·​sent
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
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a
: 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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