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.

1325–75; Middle English representen < Middle French representer < Latin repraesentāre to bring about immediately, make present, equivalent to re- re- + praesentāre to present2

representable, adjective
representability, noun
nonrepresentable, adjective
prerepresent, verb (used with object)
unrepresentable, adjective

re-present, represent.

1. exemplify. 6. delineate. 12. portray. Unabridged
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represent (ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt)
1.  to stand as an equivalent of; correspond to: our tent represents home to us when we go camping
2.  to act as a substitute or proxy (for)
3.  to act as or be the authorized delegate or agent for (a person, country, etc): an MP represents his constituency
4.  to serve or use as a means of expressing: letters represent the sounds of speech
5.  to exhibit the characteristics of; exemplify; typify: romanticism in music is represented by Beethoven
6.  to present an image of through the medium of a picture or sculpture; portray
7.  to bring clearly before the mind
8.  to set forth in words; state or explain
9.  to describe as having a specified character or quality; make out to be: he represented her as a saint
10.  to act out the part of on stage; portray
11.  to perform or produce (a play); stage
[C14: from Latin repraesentāre to exhibit, from re- + praesentāre to present²]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to bring to mind by description," also "to symbolize, to be the embodiment of;" from O.Fr. representer (12c.), from L. repræsentare, from re-, intensive prefix, + præsentare "to present," lit. "to place before" (see present (2)). Legislative sense
is attested from 1650s. Representation "image, likeness" is from c.1425; legislative sense first attested 1769.
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