Meaning of represent

Definition of represent

(verb) 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"
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
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 exemplified by this fugue"
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"
be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
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"
perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'"
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"
bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"

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