[ rep-ri-zent ]
/ ˌrɛp rɪˈzɛnt /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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.
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Origin of represent
OTHER WORDS FROM represent
rep·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)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH representre-present, represent
Other definitions for represent (2 of 2)
[ ree-pri-zent ]
/ ˌri prɪˈzɛnt /
verb (used with object)
to present again or anew.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-presentre-present , represent
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How to use represent in a sentence
What is not determinable is not representable: of "becoming in general" I have only a verbal knowledge.Creative Evolution|Henri Bergson
Myths arose to make this strange ambiguity of human nature more easily representable in the mind.
Take away the name and the sign which materializes it, and the clan is no longer representable.
One of William Hunt's peaches; not, I am afraid, imaginable altogether, but still less representable by figure.The Crown of Wild Olive|John Ruskin
It is represented or at least representable, before its realization.Bergson and His Philosophy|J. Alexander Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for represent (1 of 2)
/ (ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt) /
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 forms of representrepresentable, 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 forms of re-presentre-presentation (ˌriːprɛzənˈteɪʃən), noun
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