represent


represent
[[t]re̱prɪze̱nt[/t]]
♦♦
represents, representing, represented
1) VERB If someone such as a lawyer or a politician represents a person or group of people, they act on behalf of that person or group.

[V n] ...the politicians we elect to represent us...

[V n] The offer has yet to be accepted by the lawyers representing the victims.

2) VERB If you represent a person or group at an official event, you go there on their behalf.

[V n] The general secretary may represent the president at official ceremonies.

3) VERB If you represent your country or town in a competition or sports event, you take part in it on behalf of the country or town where you live.

[V n] My only aim is to represent Britain at the Olympics.

4) V-PASSIVE If a group of people or things is well represented in a particular activity or in a particular place, a lot of them can be found there.

[be adv V-ed] Women are already well represented in the area of TV drama...

[be V-ed] In New Mexico all kinds of cuisines are represented.

5) V-LINK If you say that something represents a change, achievement, or victory, you mean that it is a change, achievement, or victory. [FORMAL or WRITTEN]

[V n] The pieces on view are not grouped around any one theme, but rather represent superb examples from various periods...

[V n] These developments represented a major change in the established order.

Syn:
amount to, constitute
6) VERB: no cont If a sign or symbol represents something, it is accepted as meaning that thing.

[V n] ...a black dot in the middle of the circle is supposed to represent the source of the radiation.

Syn:
stand for, symbolize
7) VERB: no cont, no passive To represent an idea or quality means to be a symbol or an expression of that idea or quality.

[V n] We believe you represent everything British racing needs.

Syn:
8) VERB If you represent a person or thing as a particular thing, you describe them as being that thing.

[V n as n] The popular press tends to represent him as an environmental guru.

Syn:
depict, portray

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Represent — Rep re*sent (r?p r? z?nt ), v. t. [F. repr[ e]senter, L. repraesentare, repraesentatum; pref. re re + preesentare to place before, present. See {Present}, v. t.] 1. To present again or anew; to present by means of something standing in the place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • represent — represent, depict, portray, delineate, picture, limn can mean to present an image or lifelike imitation of (as in art). Represent implies a placing before the mind as if real or as if living through the medium of one of the arts (as painting,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • represent — [v1] present image of; symbolize act as, act as broker, act for, act in place of, appear as, assume the role of, be, be agent for, be attorney for, be proxy for, betoken, body, buy for, copy, correspond to, do business for, emblematize, embody,… …   New thesaurus

  • represent — [rep΄ri zent′] vt. [ME representen < OFr representer < L repraesentare < re , again + praesentare: see RE & PRESENT, vt.] 1. to present or picture to the mind 2. a) to present a likeness or image of; portray; depict b) …   English World dictionary

  • represent as — index assume (simulate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • represent — late 14c., to bring to mind by description, also to symbolize, to be the embodiment of; from O.Fr. representer (12c.), from L. repraesentare, from re , intensive prefix, + praesentare to present, lit. to place before (see PRESENT (Cf. present)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • represent — ► VERB 1) be entitled or appointed to act and speak for. 2) be an elected member of a legislature for. 3) constitute; amount to. 4) be a specimen or example of; typify. 5) (be represented) be present to a particular degree. 6) portray in a… …   English terms dictionary


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