Definition of represent in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɛprɪˈzɛnt/


[with object]
1Be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity: for purposes of litigation, an infant can and must be represented by an adult
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  • The ICTU is under massive pressure from trade union officials representing workers in the private sector.
  • One of them is to appoint a non-executive Director to represent consumers, and I suspect the appointment will be heavily influenced by the Government.
  • To represent members effectively, directors must know what members need.
be elected by, be the councillor/MP for, have the vote of
appear for, act for, speak for, act/speak on behalf of, be spokesperson for, be the representative of
1.1(Of a competitor) participate in a sporting event on behalf of (one’s club, town, region, or country): Wade represented Great Britain
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  • This year 113 competitors represented twenty-six countries.
  • Coke would not comment on the player identities saying that contracts had not been finalized, but did say a player representing each country of origin in the Latino community would be represented.
  • This year's event will feature 27 international galleries representing countries such as Japan, The Czech Republic.
play for, appear for;
be a member of the team
1.2Be an elected Member of Parliament or member of a legislature for (a particular constituency or party): she became the first woman to represent a South Wales mining valley
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  • Its principle task is to draw up a constitution, agreed by a parliament representing each Iraqi community.
  • ‘But my past has nothing to do with what happens with my son,’ said Zainuri, who is now a local legislator representing a Muslim party in Madiun.
  • The Justice Party today is not represented in the Danish Parliament, nor has it been for 15 years.
1.3Act as a substitute for (someone), especially on an official occasion: the Duke of Edinburgh was represented by the Countess Mountbatten
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  • In Ottawa, the Queen is represented by the Governor-General who acts as her official host when she is in Canada, and in the provinces the Lieutenant-Governors fill the same role.
deputize for, act as a substitute for, substitute for, stand in for, take the place of, replace
2Constitute; amount to: this figure represents eleven per cent of the company’s total sales
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  • Compared to the annual value, this drop represents an 11.5 percent reduction in regressivity.
  • The amount represents the largest source of money, outweighing contributions from labor unions and political parties.
  • So, this represents the amount of money that would be left over if a company were to sell all of its assets at fair market value and then pay off all of liabilities.
constitute, be, amount to, mean, be regarded as
2.1Be a specimen or example of; typify: twenty parents, picked to represent a cross section of Scottish life
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  • Lucrecia Martel, Paula Hernandez, Vanessa Ragone and Julia Solomonoff represent the clearest example of a new generation that is changing the face of cinema.
  • Tears of the Sun is not a great movie, but it is satisfying, and represents an example of accomplished film-making.
  • While in Thailand they might decide to take a tour of Bangkok city and Temple, which includes three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok representing the finest examples of Thai architecture.
be a typical sample of, be representative of, typify, stand for
2.2 (be represented) Be present in something to a particular degree: abstraction is well represented in this exhibition
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  • While these women may be excluded and discarded from the present, this present is also represented as something that doesn't offer much worth claiming.
  • Likewise, child readers of the biographies were implicitly encouraged to identify their present with the past represented in the narratives they read.
  • He is now free to wander and interact with less restraint, and, as such, his presence is represented with greater frequency.
3Depict (a particular subject) in a work of art: santos are small wooden figures representing saints
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  • Such a rethinking would not necessarily reject outright the possibility that such images represent their subjects through physiognomic likeness.
  • Mayan examples are identified by glyphs and attributes, and are understood to represent specific subjects.
  • As a result, a well-trained artist does not need a life model or a preparatory sketch to represent a particular subject.
depict, portray, render, picture, delineate, show, illustrate, characterize, paint, draw, sketch;
exhibit, display
literary limn
3.1 [with object and adverbial or infinitive] Describe or portray in a particular way: the young were consistently represented as being in need of protection
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  • Hermetic poetry was a poetry that sought, not to describe or represent, but to evoke.
  • Unmistakably, too, this description represents an aspect of his own aspiration.
  • Aspirations best represent the dreams of young women, while expectations reflect a realistic view of the world.
describe as, present as, profess to be, purport to be, claim to be, set oneself up as, pass oneself off as, pose as, pretend to be, masquerade as
3.2(Of a sign or symbol) have a particular signification; stand for: numbers 1-15 represent the red balls
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  • The term was first used in a French treatise on dance by Raoul-Auger Feuillet and Pierre Beauchamp to denote graphic symbols representing the movement of the feet.
  • All throughout the menus, you'll see spinning 3D symbols representing your selected option - you'll even see tires spinning in the car configuration option that carry the assigned tread.
  • When teachers describe for a student the actions that take place in a particular movement, the words they use are symbols representing a more abstract concept.
stand for, correspond to;
designate, denote, mean
literary betoken
3.3Be a symbol or embodiment of: the three heads of Cerberus represent the past, present, and future
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  • Wikipedia represents a fascinating embodiment of that collective understanding because it is open to contributions from all members of the human collective.
  • Yet this could represent the Ghost's embodiment of the disciples' moment of doubt and fear, rather than the atheism of modern generations.
  • The law represents an embodiment of a society's values and legal frameworks are becoming increasingly important to the study of marketing.
symbolize, stand for, personify, epitomize, typify, be symbolic of;
embody, be the embodiment/incarnation of, give human form/shape to, body forth, illustrate, incorporate, reflect
rare incarnate, image
3.4Play (a role) in a theatrical production.
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  • From his personal library of images Paul has used footage shot almost 20 years ago of his daughter Kyra at age 3, representing the role of Nijinsky's own daughter Kyra.
  • The means of stage expression is also restricted by Yew's choice to employ only five actors to represent the many figures who appear throughout the play.
4 formal State or point out clearly: it was represented to him that she would be an unsuitable wife
point out, state, indicate, present, set forth, put forward
4.1 [with clause] Allege; claim: the vendors have represented that such information is accurate
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  • Further, he claims Eircom wrongly represented that the agreed discount was for £85,000.
  • The company also represented that they had helped it to hedge downside risk.
  • He further represented that he had the bank's authority to make a direct contract between it and the payee by the use of the cheque card.
claim, maintain, state, say, affirm, allege, contend
rare asseverate



Pronunciation: /rɛprɪzɛntəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • In his dissertation, Riemann studied the representability of functions by trigonometric series and gave the conditions for a function to have an integral (what we now call ‘Riemann integrability’).
  • In 1829, Dirichlet deduced the representability by Fourier series of a class of functions defined by concepts.
  • This is not a simple performative, but one which operates through exclusionary operations that come back to haunt the very claim of representability that it seeks to make.


Pronunciation: /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Existence is not dialectical, not representable.
  • In 1941 he received the degree of Doctor of Science for a dissertation Structure of isomorphic representable infinite algebras and groups.
  • These images were perpetuating certain ideas about what is and is not representable in our culture.


Late Middle English: from Old French representer or Latin repraesentare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + praesentare 'to present'.

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