- 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
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Examples from the Web for representing
Andrew still plans to fly to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum on January 21, representing the British government.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
In being himself, he was also representing a community of people that talked how he talked and saw what he saw.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
Jonathan Moore, who secured the $1.7 million settlement in the Stewart case, is representing them.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
The male Wiccan god is given horns, representing the horned animals that ancient humans hunted.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
Fetisov currently serves as a senator in the Federal Assembly of Russia representing the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin
October 9, 2014
He would like to know what objection there was to Pennsylvanians representing Louisiana?
And outside of this little circle is all the flat top of Ytaioa representing the world.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Precision in representing this is neither desirable nor possible.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
It was the nearest he could come to representing them under this theory.
A Landscape, representing a woody scene, with a vista on the right.Rembrandt and His Works
- 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
- (tr) to present again
Word Origin and History for representing
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.