Verb: represent ,re-pri'zent
- Take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
"Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in Greek represents an 's' in Latin";
- stand for, correspond
- Express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
"What does the Statue of Liberty represent?";
- typify, symbolize, symbolise [Brit], stand for, symbol [archaic]
- Be representative or typical for
"This period is represented by Beethoven"
- 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"
- Serve as a means of expressing something
"The flower represents a young girl"
- Be characteristic of
"This compositional style is represented by this fugue";
- Form or compose
"This sum represents my entire income for a year";
- constitute, make up, comprise, be
- Be the defence counsel for someone in a trial
"Ms. Smith will represent the defendant";
- (art) create an image or likeness of
"The painter represented his wife as a young girl";
- (performing arts) Perform a role or part
"She wants to represent Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role";
- act, play
- (performing arts) perform (a play), especially on a stage
"we are going to represent 'Othello'";
- stage, present
- Describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
"He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
- Point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance
"our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
- Tell or show, often with explanation and alternatives
"We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason";
- present, lay out
- To establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
Derived forms: represented, representing, represents
Type of: be, commute, depict, describe, draw, embody, equal, express, give tongue to, intend, mean, permute, personify, point out, re-create, remonstrate, say, serve, state, tell, transpose, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize