Definitions for: Represent

[v] to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
[v] bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
[v] point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance; "our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
[v] express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
[v] describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality; "He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
[v] serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower represents a young girl"
[v] create an image or likeness of, in art
[v] perform (a play), esp. on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] be representative or typical for; "This period is represented by Beethoven"
[v] be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] be characteristic of; "This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rep`re*sent" (r?p`r?-z?nt"), v. t. [F. repr?senter,
L. repraesentare, repraesentatum; pref. re- re- + preesentare
to place before, present. See Present, v. t.]
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.

Before him burn Seven lamps, as in a zodiac
representing The heavenly fires. --Milton.

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

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 Rizzio's credit with the queen to be
the chief and only obstacle to his success in that
demand. --Robertson.

This bank is thought the greatest load on the
Genoese, and the managers of it have been
represented as a second kind of senate. --Addison.

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.

Among these. Fancy next Her office holds; of all
external things Which he five watchful senses
represent, She forms imaginations, aery shapes.

8. (Metaph.) 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.

The general capability of knowledge necessarily
requires that, besides the power of evoking out of
unconsciousness one portion of our retained
knowledge in preference to another, we posses the
faculty of representing in consciousness what is
thus evoked . . . This representative Faculty is
Imagination or Phantasy. --Sir. W.

Synonyms: act, be, comprise, constitute, correspond, defend, exemplify, interpret, lay out, make up, map, play, present, stage, stand for, stand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify

Antonyms: prosecute

See Also: act out, actualise, actualize, animalise, animalize, argue, be, be, belie, capture, carnalize, commute, compose, conventionalize, depict, depict, describe, dramatise, dramatize, draw, draw, embody, embody, emote, enact, epitomise, epitomize, equal, express, fall into, fall under, form, give tongue to, graph, impersonate, indicate, instantiate, intend, limn, localise, localize, make, map, mean, misrepresent, mock up, model, paint, parody, permute, personify, personify, picture, place, point out, portray, portray, pose, present, present, profile, range, reason, re-create, reenact, remonstrate, render, say, sensualize, serve, set, show, silhouette, speak for, spoof, state, straddle, stylise, stylize, supplement, support, tell, transpose, utter, verbalise, verbalize

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