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  1. rep·re·sent
  2. verb

    • 1. be 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
      Synonym : be elected by, be the councilor/MP for, have the vote of, appear for, act for, speak for, act/speak on behalf of, be spokesperson for, be the representative of
    • 2. (of a competitor) participate in a sports event or other competition on behalf of (one's club, town, region, or country):

      Owens represented the U.S
      Synonym : play for, appear for, be a member of the team
    • 3. be an elected member of a legislature for (a particular constituency, party, or group):

      she became the first woman to represent her district
    • 4. act as a substitute for (someone), especially on an official or ceremonial occasion:

      the president was represented by the secretary of state
      Synonym : deputize for, act as a substitute for, substitute for, stand in for, take the place of, replace
    • 5. constitute; amount to:

      this figure represents eleven percent of the company's total sales
      Synonym : constitute, be, amount to, mean, be regarded as
    • 6. be a specimen or example of; typify:

      twenty parents, picked to represent a cross section of rural life
      Synonym : be a typical sample of, be representative of, typify, stand for
    • 7. (of a group or type of person or thing) be present or found in something, especially to a particular degree:

      abstraction is well represented in this exhibition
    • 8. depict (a particular subject) in a picture or other work of art:

      santos are small wooden figures representing saints
    • 9. describe or depict (someone or something) as being of a certain nature; portray in a particular way:

      the young were consistently represented as being in need of protection
      Synonym : 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
    • 10. (of a sign or symbol) have a particular signification; stand for:

      the numbers 1–10 represent the letters A–J
      Synonym : stand for, correspond to, designate, denote, mean, betoken
    • 11. be a symbol or embodiment of (a particular quality or thing):

      the three heads of Cerberus represent the past, present, and future
      Synonym : 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, incarnate, image
    • 12. play the part of (someone) in a theatrical production.

    • 13. state or point out (something) clearly:

      it was represented to him that she would be an unsuitable wife
      Synonym : point out, state, indicate, present, set forth, put forward
    • 14. allege; claim:

      the vendors have represented that such information is accurate
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: represent, 3rd person present: represents, gerund or present participle: representing, past tense: represented, past participle: represented

    • verb

      be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity:

      (of a competitor) participate in a sporting event on behalf of (one's club, town, region, or country):

    • verb

      include a disproportionately large number of (a particular category):

      form a disproportionately large percentage:

    • verb

      provide with insufficient or inadequate representation:
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