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represent - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'represent' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Represent [ v. t.]
- To present again or anew; to present by means of something standing in the place of; to exhibit the counterpart or image of; to typify.
- To portray by pictoral or plastic art; to delineate; as, to represent a landscape in a picture, a horse in bronze, and the like.
- To portray by mimicry or action of any kind; to act the part or character of; to personate; as, to represent Hamlet.
- To stand in the place of; to supply the place, perform the duties, exercise the rights, or receive the share, of; to speak and act with authority in behalf of; to act the part of (another); as, an heir represents his ancestor; an attorney represents his client in court; a member of Congress represents his district in Congress.
- To exhibit to another mind in language; to show; to give one's own impressions and judgement of; to bring before the mind; to set forth; sometimes, to give an account of; to describe.
- To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
- To bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.
- To form or image again in consciousness, as an object of cognition or apprehension (something which was originally apprehended by direct presentation). See Presentative, 3.

Meaning of 'represent' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . represent [ v]
Meaning (1):
- take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
Example in sentence:
  • Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an `h' in Greek stands for an `s' in Latin
Meaning (2):
- play a role or part
Example in sentence:
  • Gielgud played Hamlet;
  • She played the servant to her husband's master;
  • She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role
Meaning (3):
- describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
Example in sentence:
  • He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel
Meaning (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
Example in sentence:
  • I represent the silent majority
Meaning (5):
- be the defense counsel for someone in a trial
Example in sentence:
  • Ms. Smith will represent the defendant
Meaning (6):
- point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance
Example in sentence:
  • our parents represented to us the need for more caution
Meaning (7):
- form or compose
Example in sentence:
  • The children made up the chorus;
  • The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance;
  • These constitute my entire belonging;
  • These few men comprise his entire army;
  • This money is my only income;
  • This sum represents my entire income for a year
Meaning (8):
- serve as a means of expressing something
Example in sentence:
  • The flower represents a young girl
Meaning (9):
- create an image or likeness of
Example in sentence:
  • The painter represented his wife as a young girl
Meaning (10):
- be characteristic of
Example in sentence:
  • This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue;
  • What characterizes a Venetian painting?
Meaning (11):
- be representative or typical for
Example in sentence:
  • This period is represented by Beethoven
Meaning (12):
- perform (a play), especially on a stage
Example in sentence:
  • we are going to stage `Othello'
Meaning (13):
- bring forward and present to the mind
Example in sentence:
  • We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason;
  • We presented the arguments to him
Meaning (14):
- express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
Example in sentence:
  • What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?