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.
- rep·re·sent·a·ble, adjective
- rep·re·sent·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·rep·re·sent·a·ble, adjective
- pre·rep·re·sent, verb (used with object)
- un·rep·re·sent·a·ble, adjective
- re-present, represent
How to use represent in a sentence
A second round of more than 30 grants is in the works, representing over $2 million more.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money. | Sigal Samuel | September 17, 2020 | Vox
Heliocene represents the moment when another life form figured out a way to tap into the potential of the sun, and adopts a name for our epoch that better centers humans within the spheres that hold us.
The suit was filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press attorneys, who are representing the Blade in the case.
He said the city manager invited him to be on a review panel in October to represent the LGBTQ community in Oceanside but hasn’t heard back on details.Oceanside Is Rethinking Its Police Chief Hiring Process Following Community Concerns | Kayla Jimenez | September 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Each column represents a different castle, while each row is a strategy, with the strongest performers on top and the weakest on the bottom.
More to the point, Huckabee has a natural appeal to a party that has come to represent the bulk of working class white voters.
Republicans loathe public sector unions—unless they represent cops or firefighters.
This year will represent the 20th anniversary of the first Running of the Santas.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest | David Freedlander | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For example, 51 percent of North Carolinians voted that year for a Democrat to represent them in Congress.
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 | James Kirchick | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Little girls perhaps represent the attractive function of adornment: they like to be thought pretty.Children's Ways | James Sully
A child's attempt to represent a man appears commonly to begin by drawing a sort of circle for the front view of the head.Children's Ways | James Sully
The arrows represent the flow of money from each of these four categories to the others.
In the diagram the horizontal arrows represent such mere banking operations, not true circulation.
On the other hand, the arrows along the sides of the triangle represent actual circulation.
British Dictionary definitions for represent (1 of 2)
to stand as an equivalent of; correspond to: our 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 expressing: letters represent the sounds of speech
to exhibit the characteristics of; exemplify; typify: romanticism 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 be: he represented her as a saint
to act out the part of on stage; portray
to perform or produce (a play); stage
- representable, adjective
- representability, noun
British Dictionary definitions for re-present (2 of 2)
(tr) to present again
- re-presentation (ˌriːprɛzənˈteɪʃən), noun
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