Definition of represent verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzent//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they represent
    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzent//
    he / she / it represents
    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzents//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzents//
    past simple represented
    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzentɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzentɪd//
    past participle represented
    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzentɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzentɪd//
    -ing form representing
    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzentɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzentɪŋ//
    Describing art
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    act/speak for somebody
  1. 1  [often passive] represent somebody/something to be a member of a group of people and act or speak on their behalf at an event, a meeting, etc. The competition attracted over 500 contestants representing 8 different countries. Local businesses are well represented on the committee (= there are a lot of people from them on the committee). The opening speech was by Bob Alan representing Amnesty International. The President was represented at the ceremony by the Vice-President.
  2. 2  represent somebody/something to act or speak officially for somebody and defend their interests The union represents over 200 000 teachers. The association was formed to represent the interests of women artists. Ms Dale is representing the defendant (= is his/her lawyer) in the case. As an MP, it is my duty to represent my constituents.
  3. be equal to
  4. 3  linking verb + noun (not used in the progressive tenses) to be something synonym constitute This contract represents 20% of the company's annual revenue. This decision represents a significant departure from previous policy. He got rid of anyone who represented a challenge to his authority. The peace plan represents (= is the result of) weeks of negotiation. These results represent a major breakthrough in AIDS research.
  5. be example of
  6. 4  [no passive] represent something to be an example or expression of something synonym be typical of a project representing all that is good in the community Those comments do not represent the views of us all.
  7. be symbol
  8. 5  represent something (not used in the progressive tenses) to be a symbol of something synonym symbolize Each colour on the chart represents a different department. Wind direction is represented by arrows. The artist uses doves to represent peace.
  9. in picture
  10. 6  represent somebody/something (as somebody/something) | represent somebody/something doing something (formal) to show somebody/something, especially in a picture synonym depict The carvings represent a hunting scene. The Egyptian goddess is represented as a woman with cow's horns. The map represents Italy in the 12th century. The results are represented in fig.3 below. See related entries: Describing art
  11. describe
  12. 7represent somebody (as something) (formal) to present or describe somebody/something in a particular way, especially when this may not be fair The king is represented as a villain in the play. The risks were represented as negligible.
  13. make formal statement
  14. 8represent something (to somebody) | represent that… (formal) to make a formal statement to somebody in authority to make your opinions known or to protest They represented their concerns to the authorities.
  15. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French representer or Latin repraesentare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + praesentare ‘to present’.Extra examples Our average margins dropped to 35%, which represents a reduction in gross margins of £109 million. The country’s economic record since 1945 represents an improvement on the period between the world wars. The demonstration represents a direct challenge to the new law. The peace plan represents weeks of negotiation. The talks represented the first significant move towards peace. These figures represent a return of 8.5% per annum. These proposals represent a dramatic shift in policy. This contract represents 20% of the company’s annual revenue. This figure represents a fall of 21% on the same period last year. This represents a swing of 14% towards Labour. This represents an apparent reversal in US policy. He admitted falsely representing to police officers that the car had been stolen. He was chosen to represent Scotland in three consecutive World Cup Finals. How can we all be adequately represented by one political party? It is not clear what these symbols were intended to represent. Local businesses are well represented on the committee. Representing an image accurately requires a great many bytes of digital information. The book purported to represent the lives of ordinary people. The data can be represented graphically in a line diagram. The film represents women as victims. The suspect must appear and may be legally represented. We have been ably represented in our efforts by our attorney. Women and men were represented equally on the teams. Women are disproportionately represented among welfare recipients. leaders who truly represent the interests of working families organizations claiming to represent farmers The project represents all that is good in the community. The results are represented in fig 3 below.
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