- to present again or anew.
Origin of re-present
- 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
Synonyms for representSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for representeddefined, described, expressed, characterized, displayed, interpreted, illustrated, drawn, mirrored, delineated, personified, revealed, portrayed, shown, rendered, exhibited
Examples from the Web for represented
Contemporary Examples of represented
Still, for all of this, South Carolina is now represented in the U.S. Senate by Tim Scott, a Republican and an African-American.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
Kirill represented the Moscow Patriarchate at the World Council of Churches in the early 1970s.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church
December 28, 2014
Vernetta Alston was one of the attorneys who represented McCollum.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
“To the fundamentalist leadership of al-Qaida, Saddam represented the worst kind of ‘apostate’ regime,” they wrote.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
It represented everything about the kind of comfort and the little luxuries in life that a good glass of Scotch can afford us.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of represented
But, perhaps, he may not be quite so miserable as he is represented.
I am sure you could not have represented what I proposed fairly: I am sure you could not.
Is, then, the change from Old to New Comedy as great as has been represented?The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
He represented that no vindication was necessary, and that none could be of any use.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Her contract with existence, as represented by that man standing over there, was at an end.The Secret Agent
- 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 for represent
- (tr) to present again
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.