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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a
: 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
2
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
By 2030, Chinese shoppers are expected to account for 35 to 45 percent of the personal luxury goods market, while Europeans and Americans together will represent 40 percent. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2023 There are clear examples of when a justice should recuse themselves from a case, for example, such as when someone a justice or their spouse knows is a party to the case or representing a party in the case. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 And even though that opening shot was eventually replaced, composer Michael Abels developed a main theme in relation to that famous 1723 piece — a series of downward triplets usually sung by noble French horn and representing victory in the halls of justice. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 In those areas, the lists will be drawn up by a village committee with women, youths, religious leaders and others represented. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Zelensky’s Rise: The Ukrainian president, once brushed off as a political lightweight, has become a household name, representing his country’s tenacity. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Tay denies that Tsang or anyone else has ever formally represented her as a manager. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 Established in 2016 by the WHO to help shepherd new antibiotics to market, efforts by the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership’ represent a promising new front in the vital effort to spur research and development of new antibiotics. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2023 John Edwards and Henry Fambrough represented the Philadelphia five-member group. CBS News, 3 Nov. 2023
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 See More

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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 28 Nov. 2023.

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
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: to describe as having a certain character or quality
represented himself as being poor
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: 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
2
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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