Meaning of REPRESENT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ reprɪzent ]

( represents, representing, represented)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If someone such as a lawyer or a politician represents a person or group of people, they act on behalf of that person or group.

...the politicians we elect to represent us...

VERB : V n


If you represent a person or group at an official event, you go there on their behalf.

The general secretary may represent the president at official ceremonies.

VERB : V n


If you represent your country or town in a competition or sports event, you take part in it on behalf of the country or town where you live.

My only aim is to represent Britain at the Olympics.

VERB : V n


If a group of people or things is well represented in a particular activity or in a particular place, a lot of them can be found there.

Women are already well represented in the area of TV drama...

In New Mexico all kinds of cuisines are represented.

V-PASSIVE : be adv V-ed , be V-ed


If you say that something represents a change, achievement, or victory, you mean that it is a change, achievement, or victory. ( FORMAL or WRITTEN )

These developments represented a major change in the established order.

V-LINK : V n


If a sign or symbol represents something, it is accepted as meaning that thing.

...a black dot in the middle of the circle is supposed to represent the source of the radiation.

= symbolize

VERB : no cont , V n


To represent an idea or quality means to be a symbol or an expression of that idea or quality.

We believe you represent everything British racing needs.

= embody

VERB : no cont , no passive , V n


If you represent a person or thing as a particular thing, you describe them as being that thing.

The popular press tends to represent him as an environmental guru.

= portray

VERB : V n as n

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