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represent

Verb

1 take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to; "Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in Greek stands for an 's' in Latin" [syn: stand for, correspond]
2 express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?" [syn: typify, symbolize, symbolise, stand for]
3 be representative or typical for; "This period is represented by Beethoven"
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; "I represent the silent majority"; "This actor is a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association"
5 serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower represents a young girl"
6 be characteristic of; "This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue" [syn: exemplify]
7 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" [syn: constitute, make up, comprise, be]
8 be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant" [syn: defend] [ant: prosecute]
9 create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl" [syn: interpret]
10 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" [syn: act, play]
11 perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'" [syn: stage, present]
12 describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality; "He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
13 point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance; "our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
14 bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason" [syn: present, lay out]
15 to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets) [syn: map]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈɹɛp.ɹɪ.zɛnt/ /"rEp.rI.zEnt/

Verb

  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 pictorial 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 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.
  5. 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.
    He represented that he was investigating for the police department.
  6. To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
  7. To bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.
  8. 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.

Translations

present again or anew
portray by pictorial or plastic art
portray by mimicry or action of any kind
stand in the place of
exhibit to another mind in language
serve as a sign or symbol of
bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium
form or image again in consciousness, as an object of cognition or apprehension
Translations to be checked

Extensive Definition

Representation can refer to:
Represent can refer to:
represent in German: Repräsentation
represent in French: Représentation
represent in Dutch: Representatie
represent in Polish: Reprezentacja
represent in Portuguese: Representação
represent in Russian: Представление
represent in Simple English: Representation
represent in Swedish: Representation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

act a part, act between, act for, act out, affect, answer for, appear for, arbitrate, assert, back up, bargain, betoken, body forth, brandish, breathe, bring forth, bring forward, bring into view, bring out, bring to life, bring to notice, call to mind, call up, catch a likeness, change places with, character, characterize, chart, commission, conjure up, copy, create a role, crowd out, cut out, dangle, define, delineate, demonstrate, denote, depict, deputize, describe, develop, diagram, disclose, displace, display, divulge, double for, draft, dramatize, draw, emblematize, embody, enact, envisage, envision, epitomize, evidence, evince, evoke, exemplify, exhibit, expose to view, express, fill in for, flaunt, flourish, front for, ghost, ghostwrite, give sign, give token, give words to, go between, highlight, hint, hit off, illuminate, illustrate, image, imitate, impersonate, incarnate, indicate, intercede, intermediate, interpose, interpret, intervene, judge, just see, limn, make clear, make plain, make terms, manifest, map, masquerade as, materialize, mean, mediate, meet halfway, mimic, mirror, moderate, narrate, negotiate, notate, note, objectify, outline, paint, parade, perform, personalize, personate, personify, picture, picturize, pinch-hit, pinch-hit for, play a part, play a role, play opposite, portray, pose as, present, pretend, pretend to be, print, produce, put forth, realize, referee, reflect, register, relate, relieve, render, replace, report, reproduce, reveal, roll out, rub, schematize, see, set forth, show, show forth, signify, sketch, speak for, spell, spell off, spotlight, stand for, stand in for, state, step in, subrogate, substitute, substitute for, succeed, suggest, summon up, supersede, supplant, support, sustain a part, swap places with, symbolize, take a part, take a rubbing, token, trace, trace out, trace over, treat with, trot out, typify, umpire, understudy, understudy for, unfold, vision, visualize, wave, write
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