Represent - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌreprɪˈzent|  American pronunciation of the word represent
Brit.  |reprɪˈzent|  British pronunciation of the word represent


- take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to (syn: correspond)
- express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol (syn: symbolize, typify)
- be representative or typical for
This period is represented by Beethoven
- be a delegate or spokesperson for; represent somebody's interest or be a proxy or substitute for, as of politicians and office holders representing their constituents, or of a tenant representing other tenants in a housing dispute
I represent the silent majority
- serve as a means of expressing something
The flower represents a young girl
- be characteristic of (syn: exemplify)
- form or compose (syn: be, comprise, constitute, make up)
This sum represents my entire income for a year
- be the defense counsel for someone in a trial (syn: defend)
Ms. Smith will represent the defendant
- create an image or likeness of (syn: interpret)
The painter represented his wife as a young girl
- play a role or part (syn: act, play)
- perform (a play), especially on a stage (syn: present, stage)
- describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel
- point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance
our parents represented to us the need for more caution
- bring forward and present to the mind (syn: lay out, present)
We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
- to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets) (syn: map)

Extra examples

He represented his company at the meeting.

She hired an agent to represent her in the contract negotiations.

Senator Smith represents the state of Connecticut.

The company is represented by a local law firm.

She represented the United States in figure skating at the Olympics.

The court's decision represents a victory for small businesses.

The new prices represent a substantial increase over last year's prices.

Love is represented as a child with a flower.

This photograph represents my childhood.

Never represent yourself as perfect.

She represented the ideal of American culture.

I represented to him that it would be dangerous to do what he suggested.

Our firm is represented in the USA by Mr. Smith.

She represented France in the Olympic Games.

Mr Kobayashi was chosen to represent the company at the conference.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: represent
he/she/it: represents
present participle: representing
past tense: represented
past participle: represented
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