WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
rep•re•sent /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt/USA pronunciation
- [~ + object] to stand for, as a word or symbol does;
symbolize:In this story the black bird represents evil.
- [~ + object] to express or designate by some symbol, character, or the like:to represent musical sounds by notes.
- [~ + object] to stand or act in place of, as an agent or substitute, or on behalf of.
- [~ + object + as + object] to impersonate, as in acting; to pretend to be:He represented himself as an expert in Egyptian art, and everyone believed him.
- [~ + object] to be the equivalent of or to correspond to;
to serve as an example of:His actions represent a bold new departure from politics as usual.
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represent /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt/ vb (transitive)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin repraesentāre to exhibit, from re- + praesentāre to present²ˌrepreˈsentable adj ˌrepreˌsentaˈbility n
- to stand as an equivalent of; correspond to
- to act as a substitute or proxy (for)
- to act as or be the authorized delegate or agent for (a person, country, etc): an MP represents his constituency
- to serve or use as a means of expressing: letters represent the sounds of speech
- to exhibit the characteristics of; exemplify; typify: romanticism in music is represented by Beethoven
- to present an image of through the medium of a picture or sculpture; portray
- to bring clearly before the mind
- to set forth in words; state or explain
- to describe as having a specified character or quality; make out to be: he represented her as a saint
- to act out the part of on stage; portray
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