- 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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Examples from the Web for representable
It is represented, or at least representable, before its realization.
It is represented or at least representable, before its realization.Bergson and His Philosophy
J. Alexander Gunn
What is not determinable is not representable: of "becoming in general" I have only a verbal knowledge.
- 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
Word Origin and History for representable
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.