[ rep-ri-zent ]
/ ˌrɛp rɪˈzɛnt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

1325–75; Middle English representen < Middle French representer < Latin repraesentāre to bring about immediately, make present, equivalent to re- re- + praesentāre to present2
Related forms
Can be confusedre-present represent

Definition for represent (2 of 2)


[ ree-pri-zent ]
/ ˌri prɪˈzɛnt /

verb (used with object)

to present again or anew.

Origin of re-present

First recorded in 1555–65; re- + present2
Can be confusedre-present represent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for represent (1 of 2)


/ (ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsrepresentable, adjectiverepresentability, noun

Word Origin for represent

C14: from Latin repraesentāre to exhibit, from re- + praesentāre to present ²

British Dictionary definitions for represent (2 of 2)


/ (ˌriːprɪˈzɛnt) /


(tr) to present again
Derived Formsre-presentation (ˌriːprɛzənˈteɪʃən), noun
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