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represent (v.)

late 14c., "to bring to mind by description," also "to symbolize, serve as a sign or symbol of; serve as the type or embodiment of;" from Old French representer "present, show, portray" (12c.), from Latin repraesentare "make present, set in view, show, exhibit, display," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + praesentare "to present," literally "to place before," from praesens) "present, at hand, in sight; immediate; prompt, instant; contemporary," from present participle of præesse "be before (someone or something), be at hand," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + esse "to be" (from PIE root *es- "to be"). Legislative sense is attested from 1650s. Related: Represented; representing.

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Definitions of represent from WordNet

represent (v.)
take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to;
Synonyms: stand for / correspond
represent (v.)
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol;
Synonyms: typify / symbolize / symbolise / stand for
represent (v.)
be representative or typical for;
This period is represented by Beethoven
represent (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
represent (v.)
serve as a means of expressing something;
The flower represents a young girl
represent (v.)
be characteristic of;
Synonyms: exemplify
represent (v.)
form or compose;
This sum represents my entire income for a year
Synonyms: constitute / make up / comprise / be
represent (v.)
be the defense counsel for someone in a trial;
Ms. Smith will represent the defendant
Synonyms: defend
represent (v.)
create an image or likeness of;
The painter represented his wife as a young girl
Synonyms: interpret
represent (v.)
play a role or part;
Synonyms: act / play
represent (v.)
perform (a play), especially on a stage;
Synonyms: stage / present
represent (v.)
describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality;
He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel
represent (v.)
point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance;
our parents represented to us the need for more caution
represent (v.)
bring forward and present to the mind;
We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
Synonyms: present / lay out
represent (v.)
to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets);
Synonyms: map
From wordnet.princeton.edu