"represent" in the verb sense
1. represent, stand for, correspond
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"
2. typify, symbolize, symbolise, stand for, represent
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"
6. exemplify, represent
be characteristic of
"This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"
7. constitute, represent, make up, comprise, be
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"
8. defend, represent
be the defense counsel for someone in a trial
"Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
9. represent, interpret
create an image or likeness of
"The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
10. act, play, represent
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"
11. stage, present, represent
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"
14. present, represent, lay out
bring forward and present to the mind
"We presented the arguments to him"
"We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
15. map, represent
to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
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