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

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  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”
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  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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  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.
  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 peoples 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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