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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
rep•re•sent /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to stand for, as a word or symbol does;
    symbolize:[+ object]In this story the black bird represents evil.
  2. to express or designate by some symbol, character, or the like:[+ object]to represent musical sounds by notes.
  3. [+ object] to stand or act in place of, as an agent or substitute, or on behalf of.
  4. to impersonate, as in acting;
    to pretend to be:[+ object + as + object]He represented himself as an expert in Egyptian art, and everyone believed him.
  5. to be the equivalent of or to correspond to;
    to serve as an example of:[+ object]His actions represent a bold new departure from politics as usual.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

represent /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to stand as an equivalent of; correspond to
  2. to act as a substitute or proxy (for)
  3. to act as or be the authorized delegate or agent for (a person, country, etc): an MP represents his constituency
  4. to serve or use as a means of expressing: letters represent the sounds of speech
  5. to exhibit the characteristics of; exemplify; typify: romanticism in music is represented by Beethoven
  6. to present an image of through the medium of a picture or sculpture; portray
  7. to bring clearly before the mind
  8. to set forth in words; state or explain
  9. to describe as having a specified character or quality; make out to be: he represented her as a saint
  10. to act out the part of on stage; portray
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin repraesentāre to exhibit, from re- + praesentāre to present²

ˌrepreˈsentable adj ˌrepreˌsentaˈbility n

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