Definitions of represent

  1. 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.
  2. To portray by pictoral or plastic art; to delineate; as, to represent a landscape in a picture, a horse in bronze, and the like.
  3. To portray by mimicry or action of any kind; to act the part or character of; to personate; as, to represent Hamlet.
  4. 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.
  5. To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
  6. To bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To exhibit the image of; stand for; act the part of; stand in the place of; bring before the mind; describe.
  11. To bring before the mind; portary or depict.
  12. To act as agent for; stand in the place of; be an instance of.
  13. To present again.
  14. 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"
  15. create an image or likeness of, in art
  16. bring forward and present to the mind; " We presented the arguments to him"; " We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
  17. to establish a mapping ( of mathematical elements or sets)
  18. point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance; " our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
  19. describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality; " He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
  20. serve as a means of expressing something; " The flower represents a young girl"
  21. be representative or typical for; " This period is represented by Beethoven"
  22. perform ( a play), especially on a stage; " we are going to stage ` Othello'"
  23. 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.
  24. 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.