- An example of represent is a loyalty pledge.
- An example of represent is for a communion wafer to stand for Christ's body.
- An example of represent is a symbol that is written to stand for a specific word such as an equal sign.
- to present or picture to the mind
- to present a likeness or image of; portray; depict
- to be a likeness or image of, as a picture or statue may be
- to present in words; describe, state, or set forth; specif.,
- to describe as having a specified character
- to set forth forcibly or earnestly, so as to influence action, persuade hearers, make effective protest, etc.
- to be a sign or symbol for; stand for; symbolize: x represents the unknown
- to denote by symbols, characters, etc.: to represent quantities by letters
- to be the equivalent of; correspond to, as in a different place or time: a cave represented home to them
- to present, produce, or perform (a play, etc.)
- to act the part of (a character), as in a play
- to act or stand in place of; be an agent, proxy, or substitute for
- to speak and act for by duly conferred authority, as an ambassador for a country or a legislator for constituents
- to serve as a specimen, example, type, or instance of; exemplify or typify
Origin of representMiddle English representen from Old French representer from Classical Latin repraesentare from re-, again + praesentare: see re- and present, transitive verb
transitive verbrep·re·sent·ed, rep·re·sent·ing, rep·re·sents
- a. To have as a meaning, suggestion, or association; stand for or symbolize: The rose represents beauty. The bald eagle represents the United States.b. To indicate or communicate by signs or symbols: Letters of the alphabet represent sounds.
- a. To depict in art; portray: The painting represents a woman wearing a hat.b. To describe or present in words; set forth: The article represents the shortcomings of our school system in some detail.c. To act the part or role of: represented the villain in the story.
- To present clearly to the mind: How are sense data represented to the mind?
- To draw attention to by way of remonstrance or protest: Our parents represented to us the need for greater caution.
- To describe or put forward (a person or thing) as an embodiment of a specified quality: tried to represent his opponent as untrustworthy.
- a. To serve as a delegate or agent for: She represents a district that is very concerned about high rents.b. To act as a spokesperson for.
- To be an example or examples of: The museum had several paintings representing the artist's early style.
- To be the equivalent of; amount to: The money in the bank represents the better part of their life savings.
Origin of representMiddle English representen from Old French representer from Latin repraesentāre to show re- re- praesentāre to present ; see present 2.
(third-person singular simple present represents, present participle representing, simple past and past participle represented)
- To present again or anew; to present by means of something standing in the place of; to exhibit the counterpart or image of; to typify.
- To portray by pictorial or plastic art; to delineate; as, to represent a landscape in a picture, a horse in bronze, and the like.
- To portray by mimicry or action of any kind; to act the part or character of; to personate; as, to represent Hamlet.
- To stand in the place of; to supply the place, perform the duties, exercise the rights, or receive the share, of; to speak and act with authority in behalf of; to act the part of (another); as, an heir represents his ancestor; an attorney represents his client in court; a member of Congress represents his district in Congress.
- To exhibit to another mind in language; to show; to give one's own impressions and judgement of; to bring before the mind; to set forth; sometimes, to give an account of; to describe.
- He represented that he was investigating for the police department.
- To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
- To bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.
- To form or image again in consciousness, as an object of cognition or apprehension (something presentative, which was originally apprehended by direct presentation).
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.