Definition of "represent" []

  • To stand for; symbolize: The bald eagle represents the United States. (verb-transitive)
  • To indicate or communicate by signs or symbols: Letters of the alphabet represent sounds. (verb-transitive)
  • To depict in art; portray. (verb-transitive)
  • To describe or present in words; set forth. (verb-transitive)
  • To present clearly to the mind. (verb-transitive)
  • To stand as an equivalent of; correspond to (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To act as a substitute or proxy (for) (verb)
  • To act as or be the authorized delegate or agent for (a person, country, etc) (verb)
  • To serve or use as a means of expressing (verb)
  • To exhibit the characteristics of; exemplify; typify (verb)
  • To present an image of through the medium of a picture or sculpture; portray (verb)
  • To bring clearly before the mind (verb)
  • To set forth in words; state or explain (verb)
  • To describe as having a specified character or quality; make out to be (verb)
  • To act out the part of on stage; portray (verb)
  • To perform or produce (a play); stage (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "represent" in a sentence
  • "We wanted to have the title represent multiple meanings, whether it's "alienation" as one word, feeling like you're alone and without other people you can relate to, whether that loneliness is emotional or physical."
  • "The language each uses to describe the movements they represent is so similar it could easily have been penned by the same speechwriters."
  • "But after taking a close look at the alternative in the next two weeks, some fraction of voters will decide that the risk they represent is just too great."