verb (used with object)
to serve to express, designate, stand for, or denote, as a word, symbol, or the like does; symbolize:
In this painting the cat represents evil and the bird, good.
to express or designate by some term, character, symbol, or the like:
to represent musical sounds by notes.
to stand or act in the place of, as a substitute, proxy, or agent does:
He represents the company in Boston.
to speak and act for by delegated authority:
to represent one’s government in a foreign country.
to act for or in behalf of (a constituency, state, etc.) by deputed right in exercising a voice in legislation or government:
He represents Chicago’s third Congressional district.
to portray or depict; present the likeness of, as a picture does:
The painting represents him as a man 22 years old.
to present or picture to the mind.
to present in words; set forth; describe; state.
to set forth or describe as having a particular character (usually followed by as, to be, etc.):
The article represented the dictator as a benevolent despot.
to set forth clearly or earnestly with a view to influencing opinion or action or making protest.
to present, produce, or perform, as on a stage.
to impersonate, as in acting.
to serve as an example or specimen of; exemplify:
a genus represented by two species.
to be the equivalent of; correspond to:
The llama of the New World represents the camel of the Old World.
verb (used without object)
to protest; make representations against.
Slang. to use or display a secret handshake, sign, gesture, etc., for purposes of identification:
The gang members always represent when they see one another.
to stand as an equivalent of; correspond to: our tent represents home to us when we go camping
to act as a substitute or proxy (for)
to act as or be the authorized delegate or agent for (a person, country, etc): an MP represents his constituency
to serve or use as a means of expressing: letters represent the sounds of speech
to exhibit the characteristics of; exemplify; typify: romanticism in music is represented by Beethoven
to present an image of through the medium of a picture or sculpture; portray
to bring clearly before the mind
to set forth in words; state or explain
to describe as having a specified character or quality; make out to be: he represented her as a saint
to act out the part of on stage; portray
to perform or produce (a play); stage
verb (used with object) 1. to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.). 2. to keep down or suppress (anything objectionable). 3. to put down or quell (sedition, disorder, etc.). 4. to reduce (persons) to subjection. 5. Psychoanalysis. to reject (painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses) from the conscious […]
verb (used with or without object) 1. to press again or anew.
adjective 1. subjected to, affected by, or characteristic of psychological repression: repressed emotional conflicts. verb (used with or without object) 1. to press again or anew. verb (used with object) 1. to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.). 2. to keep down or suppress (anything objectionable). 3. to put down […]
noun 1. a person or thing that represses.