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Definition of "represent" [rep•re•sent]

  • 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)

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.

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."