Definitions of represent

  1. play a role or part; " Gielgud played Hamlet"; " She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; " She played the servant to her husband's master"
  2. form or compose; " This money is my only income"; " The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; " These constitute my entire belonging"; " The children made up the chorus"; " This sum represents my entire income for a year"; " These few men comprise his entire army"
  3. be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; " Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
  4. be characteristic of; " This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"
  5. create an image or likeness of, in art
  6. bring forward and present to the mind; " We presented the arguments to him"; " We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
  7. to establish a mapping ( of mathematical elements or sets)
  8. perform ( a play), esp. on a stage; " we are going to stage ` Othello'"
  9. point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance; " our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
  10. express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; " What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
  11. describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality; " He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
  12. serve as a means of expressing something; " The flower represents a young girl"
  13. be representative or typical for; " This period is represented by Beethoven"
  14. create an image or likeness of; " The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
  15. perform ( a play), especially on a stage; " we are going to stage ` Othello'"
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. To portray by pictoral or plastic art; to delineate; as, to represent a landscape in a picture, a horse in bronze, and the like.
  19. To portray by mimicry or action of any kind; to act the part or character of; to personate; as, to represent Hamlet.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
  23. To bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.
  24. 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.
  25. To make clear to the mind; as, that story represents a great truth; to make or show a likeness of; as, the picture represents a moonlit sea; to make a statement about in order to influence opinion or to give a desired effect; as, he represented himself to be in want; act or speak in place of; as, he represents his father in the business; act the part of; as, he represented a clown in the play.
  26. To exhibit the image of: to serve as a sign of: to personate or act the part of: to stand in the place of: to bring before the mind: to describe.
  27. To exhibit the image of; stand for; act the part of; stand in the place of; bring before the mind; describe.
  28. To bring before the mind; portary or depict.
  29. To act as agent for; stand in the place of; be an instance of.
  30. To present again.
  31. To show or exhibit by resemblance; to describe; to exhibit; to personate; to stand and act for; to show by arguments, reasoning, or statements; to stand in the place of.
  32. To show or exhibit by resemblance; to describe; to show by words and actions, as in a play on the stage; to personate; to act the character of another, as in a play; to act as a substitute, for; to show by arguments or a statement of facts.

Usage examples for represent

  1. However it be, I think I cannot better represent the several sorts of Episodes which I have mentioned, than by an Instance nearly ally'd to my Subject; I mean that of a General making a Campaign. – The Preface to the Aeneis of Virgil (1718) by Joseph Trapp
  2. But they represent you men. – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
  3. You have not to represent the world. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  4. They were so ill made, says he, that one could scarcely guess that they were intended to represent men. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  5. They might represent his " luck"- such as there was of it- who knew? – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. It seems to me it must represent something. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  7. What section of the community does he represent – Leading Articles on Various Subjects by Hugh Miller
  8. It was now determined that the Queen might send Commissioners to the Assembly to represent her interests. – John Knox and the Reformation by Andrew Lang
  9. He is chosen to represent the divine character. – How to Live a Holy Life by C. E. Orr
  10. Honest as he was, he did not feel called upon to examine whether glad was really the word to represent the feeling which the thought of what he had escaped, and of the creature he had saved from death, had sent up into his consciousness. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
  11. If you will retire to the library, Wayne, I will arrange this matter with whoever may represent Major Brennan. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  12. These eleven rats represent only 4. 3 per cent of the total number captured. – Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana by Henry S. Fitch Dennis G. Rainey
  13. About a third of the whole number have been supposed to represent Beaumont's influence more or less directly. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  14. I represent our county. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  15. To be sure, it was quite true that they did belong to each other; but at the same time, so long as she was Lucy Wodehouse, she had no right to be called upon to represent the clergyman," even in " the district" which was so important to both. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  16. It was revealed to me that this was a Divine Call to represent the Truth in the Parliament of the nation. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  17. I have often tried to represent to myself exactly what elements there were in Frank that had such an effect upon this wise and positive old man. – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson
  18. The many short lines facing each other represent mountains. – Home Geography For Primary Grades by C. C. Long
  19. They bring to mind the lives they represent and I can tell their voices apart.... – Pélléas and Mélisande by Maurice Maeterlinck
  20. And I entreat you to say a word for me to Mr. Jaggers, and to represent to him that, all circumstances considered, he ought to be more open with me! – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens