- Represent is defined as to express in words, symbolize or stand for.
- 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: Middle English representen from Old French representer from Classical Latin repraesentare from re-, again plush praesentare: see re- and amp; present,
- representable adjective
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transitive verb rep·re·sent·ed, rep·re·sent·ing, rep·re·sents
- a. To stand for; symbolize: 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.b. To describe or present in words; set forth.
- To present clearly 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.
- a. To serve as the official and authorized delegate or agent for.b. To act as a spokesperson for.
- To serve as an example of: The museum had several paintings representing the artist's early style.
- To be the equivalent of.
- a. To stage (a play, for example); produce.b. To act the part or role of.
Origin: Middle English representen, from Old French representer, from Latin repraesentāre, to show : re-, re- + praesentāre, to present; see present 2.
- repˌre·sentˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- repˌre·sentˈa·ble adjective
- repˌre·sentˈer noun