- to serve to express, designate, stand for, or denote, as a word, symbol, or the like does; symbolize: In this painting the cat represents evil and the bird, good.
- to express or designate by some term, character, symbol, or the like: to represent musical sounds by notes.
- to stand or act in the place of, as a substitute, proxy, or agent does: He represents the company in Boston.
- to speak and act for by delegated authority: to represent one's government in a foreign country.
- to act for or in behalf of (a constituency, state, etc.) by deputed right in exercising a voice in legislation or government: He represents Chicago's third Congressional district.
- to portray or depict; present the likeness of, as a picture does: The painting represents him as a man 22 years old.
- to present or picture to the mind.
- to present in words; set forth; describe; state.
- to set forth or describe as having a particular character (usually followed by as, to be, etc.): The article represented the dictator as a benevolent despot.
- to set forth clearly or earnestly with a view to influencing opinion or action or making protest.
- to present, produce, or perform, as on a stage.
- to impersonate, as in acting.
- to serve as an example or specimen of; exemplify: a genus represented by two species.
- to be the equivalent of; correspond to: The llama of the New World represents the camel of the Old World.
- to protest; make representations against.
- Slang. to use or display a secret handshake, sign, gesture, etc., for purposes of identification: The gang members always represent when they see one another.
Origin of represent
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- to present again or anew.
Origin of re-present
Examples from the Web for represent
More to the point, Huckabee has a natural appeal to a party that has come to represent the bulk of working class white voters.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
Republicans loathe public sector unions—unless they represent cops or firefighters.The GOP and Police Unions: A Love Story
December 12, 2014
This year will represent the 20th anniversary of the first Running of the Santas.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest
December 12, 2014
For example, 51 percent of North Carolinians voted that year for a Democrat to represent them in Congress.Seriously, Democrats: You’re Done in Dixie
December 10, 2014
In their elitism and sense of entitlement, they represent much of what liberals are supposed to despise.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
He has no voice in its making, no influence in its administration, it does not represent him.
Every thing, I said, or nothing, as she was pleased to represent it.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Did Dr. Everett represent the indifferent world, or did he love her Master?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
They will not believe me quite so bad as I fear you will represent me.Weighed and Wanting
The presumption is that they represent the old sepulchers of the kings of Meroe.
- to stand as an equivalent of; correspond toour tent represents home to us when we go camping
- to act as a substitute or proxy (for)
- to act as or be the authorized delegate or agent for (a person, country, etc)an MP represents his constituency
- to serve or use as a means of expressingletters represent the sounds of speech
- to exhibit the characteristics of; exemplify; typifyromanticism in music is represented by Beethoven
- to present an image of through the medium of a picture or sculpture; portray
- to bring clearly before the mind
- to set forth in words; state or explain
- to describe as having a specified character or quality; make out to behe represented her as a saint
- to act out the part of on stage; portray
- to perform or produce (a play); stage
- (tr) to present again
Word Origin and History for represent
late 14c., "to bring to mind by description," also "to symbolize, serve as a sign or symbol of; serve as the type or embodiment of;" from Old French representer "present, show, portray" (12c.), from Latin repraesentare "make present, set in view, show, exhibit, display," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + praesentare "to present," literally "to place before" (see present (v.)). Legislative sense is attested from 1650s. Related: Represented; representing.