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 formsrep·re·sent·a·ble, adjectiverep·re·sent·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·rep·re·sent·a·ble, adjectivepre·rep·re·sent, verb (used with object)un·rep·re·sent·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedre-present represent

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verb (used with object)

to present again or anew.

Origin of re-present

First recorded in 1555–65; re- + present2
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verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsrepresentable, adjectiverepresentability, noun

Word Origin for represent

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



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



"to offer again," 1560s, from re- + present (v.). Related: Re-presented; re-presenting; re-presentation.

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