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Meaning & Definition of Represent in English

English

Represent

/rɛprɪzɛnt/

verb

1. Take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to

  • "Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in greek stands for an 's' in latin"
    synonym:
  • represent
  • ,
  • stand for
  • ,
  • correspond

2. Express indirectly by an image, form, or model

  • Be a symbol
  • "What does the statue of liberty symbolize?"
    synonym:
  • typify
  • ,
  • symbolize
  • ,
  • symbolise
  • ,
  • stand for
  • ,
  • represent

3. Be representative or typical for

  • "This period is represented by beethoven"
    synonym:
  • represent

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • represent

5. Serve as a means of expressing something

  • "The flower represents a young girl"
    synonym:
  • represent

6. Be characteristic of

  • "This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"
    synonym:
  • exemplify
  • ,
  • represent

7. Form or compose

  • "This money is my only income"
  • "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"
  • "These constitute my entire belonging"
  • "The children made up the chorus"
  • "This sum represents my entire income for a year"
  • "These few men comprise his entire army"
    synonym:
  • constitute
  • ,
  • represent
  • ,
  • make up
  • ,
  • comprise
  • ,
  • be

8. Be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

  • "Ms. smith will represent the defendant"
    synonym:
  • defend
  • ,
  • represent

9. Create an image or likeness of

  • "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
    synonym:
  • represent
  • ,
  • interpret

10. Play a role or part

  • "Gielgud played hamlet"
  • "She wants to act lady macbeth, but she is too young for the role"
  • "She played the servant to her husband's master"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • play
  • ,
  • represent

11. Perform (a play), especially on a stage

  • "We are going to stage `othello'"
    synonym:
  • stage
  • ,
  • present
  • ,
  • represent

12. Describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality

  • "He represented this book as an example of the russian 19th century novel"
    synonym:
  • represent

13. Point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance

  • "Our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
    synonym:
  • represent

14. Bring forward and present to the mind

  • "We presented the arguments to him"
  • "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
    synonym:
  • present
  • ,
  • represent
  • ,
  • lay out

15. To establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)

    synonym:
  • map
  • ,
  • represent

Examples of using

What does this painting represent?
I represent an American firm.
What company do you represent?