- 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 of representMiddle English representen ; from Old French representer ; from Classical Latin repraesentare ; from re-, again + praesentare: see re- and amp; present,
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).