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verb represent pronunciation in American English /ˌreprɪˈzent/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerepresenting
past tenserepresented
past participlerepresented

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [transitive] to speak or act officially for another person, group, or organization

    Ambassador Albright will represent the United States at the ceremony.

    a group that represents the interests of the workers in the steel industry

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    1. a.
      to be the elected representative of a particular area in a legislature or similar institution

      At that time Mr. Ishihara represented the Shinagawa district of Tokyo.

    2. b.
      to express the views and opinions of a group of people

      a newspaper that claims to represent "Middle America"

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of represent
  2. 2
    [linking verb] if something represents another thing, it is that thing

    Albanians represent about 90 percent of the population in Kosovo.

    This represents an increase of 22% on last year's profits.

    The college's music library represents a unique resource.

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    Synonyms and related words for this sense of represent
  3. 3
    [transitive] to be a sign or symbol of something

    The color red commonly represents danger.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to be a picture or image of something

    The statue represents Jefferson as a young man.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to take part in a sport as a member of a particular team, country, etc.

    Ben's ambition is to represent Britain at the Olympics.

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  6. 6
    [transitive] to be an example of a particular quality or type

    His narrow-minded backward-looking views represent everything I dislike about this country.

  7. 7
    [transitive] to describe someone or something in a particular way, especially when this influences other people's opinions

    His novels have been criticized for the negative way in which they represent women.

    represent someone/something as something:

    The movie represented Kennedy's assassination as a government conspiracy.


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