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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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
re-pre•sent  (rē′pri zent),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to present again or anew.
  • re- + present2 1555–65

rep•re•sent  (rep′ri zent),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to serve to express, designate, stand for, or denote, as a word, symbol, or the like does;
    symbolize:In this painting the cat represents evil and the bird, good.
  2. to express or designate by some term, character, symbol, or the like:to represent musical sounds by notes.
  3. to stand or act in the place of, as a substitute, proxy, or agent does:He represents the company in Boston.
  4. Governmentto speak and act for by delegated authority:to represent one's government in a foreign country.
  5. Governmentto act for or in behalf of (a constituency, state, etc.) by deputed right in exercising a voice in legislation or government:He represents Chicago's third Congressional district.
  6. to portray or depict;
    present the likeness of, as a picture does:The painting represents him as a man 22 years old.
  7. to present or picture to the mind.
  8. to present in words;
    set forth;
  9. to set forth or describe as having a particular character (usually fol. by as, to be, etc.):The article represented the dictator as a benevolent despot.
  10. to set forth clearly or earnestly with a view to influencing opinion or action or making protest.
  11. to present, produce, or perform, as on a stage.
  12. to impersonate, as in acting.
  13. to serve as an example or specimen of;
    exemplify:a genus represented by two species.
  14. to be the equivalent of;
    correspond to:The llama of the New World represents the camel of the Old World.

  1. to protest;
    make representations against.
  2. Slang Termsto use or display a secret handshake, sign, gesture, etc., for purposes of identification:The gang members always represent when they see one another.
rep′re•senta•ble, adj. 
rep′re•sent′a•bili•ty, n. 
  • Latin repraesentāre to bring about immediately, make present, equivalent. to re- re- + praesentāre to present2
  • Middle French representer
  • Middle English representen 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exemplify.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged delineate.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged portray.

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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

re-present /ˌriːprɪˈzɛnt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to present again

re-presentation /ˌriːprɛzənˈteɪʃən/ n

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