• Stele of SÎtÛ, Representing the Front Of a House
    Stele of SÎtÛ, Representing the Front Of a House
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v represent to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
    • v represent bring forward and present to the mind "We presented the arguments to him","We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
    • v represent point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance "our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
    • v represent express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
    • v represent describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality "He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel"
    • v represent serve as a means of expressing something "The flower represents a young girl"
    • v represent create an image or likeness of "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
    • v represent perform (a play), especially on a stage "we are going to stage `Othello'"
    • v represent play a role or part "Gielgud played Hamlet","She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role","She played the servant to her husband's master"
    • v represent be a delegate or spokesperson for; represent somebody's interest or be a proxy or substitute for, as of politicians and office holders representing their constituents, or of a tenant representing other tenants in a housing dispute "I represent the silent majority"
    • v represent be representative or typical for "This period is represented by Beethoven"
    • v represent be the defense counsel for someone in a trial "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
    • v represent form or compose "This money is my only income","The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance","These constitute my entire belonging","The children made up the chorus","This sum represents my entire income for a year","These few men comprise his entire army"
    • v represent take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to "Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in Greek stands for an 's' in Latin"
    • v represent be characteristic of "This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The representatives of the building trades The representatives of the building trades

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for the sign "&" which represents the word "and" is ampersand
    • Represent To bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present. "Among these. Fancy next
      Her office holds; of all external things
      Which he five watchful senses represent ,
      She forms imaginations, aery shapes."
    • Represent To exhibit to another mind in language; to show; to give one's own impressions and judgement of; to bring before the mind; to set forth; sometimes, to give an account of; to describe. "He represented Rizzio's credit with the queen to be the chief and only obstacle to his success in that demand.""This bank is thought the greatest load on the Genoese, and the managers of it have been represented as a second kind of senate."
    • Represent (Metaph) To form or image again in consciousness, as an object of cognition or apprehension (something which was originally apprehended by direct presentation). See Presentative, 3. "The general capability of knowledge necessarily requires that, besides the power of evoking out of unconsciousness one portion of our retained knowledge in preference to another, we posses the faculty of representing in consciousness what is thus evoked . . . This representative Faculty is Imagination or Phantasy."
    • Represent To portray by mimicry or action of any kind; to act the part or character of; to personate; as, to represent Hamlet.
    • Represent To portray by pictoral or plastic art; to delineate; as, to represent a landscape in a picture, a horse in bronze, and the like.
    • Represent To present again or anew; to present by means of something standing in the place of; to exhibit the counterpart or image of; to typify. "Before him burn
      Seven lamps, as in a zodiac representing The heavenly fires."
    • Represent To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
    • Represent To stand in the place of; to supply the place, perform the duties, exercise the rights, or receive the share, of; to speak and act with authority in behalf of; to act the part of (another); as, an heir represents his ancestor; an attorney represents his client in court; a member of Congress represents his district in Congress.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
    • represent To present again; specifically, to bring again before the mind.
    • represent To present in place of something else; exhibit the image or counterpart of; suggest by being like; typify.
    • represent To portray by pictorial or plastic art.
    • represent To portray, present, or exhibit dramatically. To put upon the stage; produce, as a play.
    • represent To enact; personate; present by mimicry or action.
    • represent To state; describe or portray in words; give one's own impressions, idea, or judgment of; declare; set forth.
    • represent To supply the place or perform the duties or functions of; specifically, to speak and act with authority on behalf of; be a substitute for, or a representative of or agent for.
    • represent Specifically, to stand in the place of, in the right of inheritance.
    • represent To serve as a sign or symbol of; stand for; be understood as: as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
    • represent To serve as a type or specimen of; exemplify; furnish a case or instance of: as, a genus represented by few species; a species represented by many individuals; especially, in zoögeog., to replace; fill the part or place of (another) in any given fauna: as, llamas represent camels in the New World; the Old World starlings are represented in America by the Icteridæ. See mimotype.
    • represent To image or picture in the mind; place definitely before the mind.
    • represent Synonyms To show, express.
    • represent To delineate, depict, draw.
    • n represent Representation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "57" on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.
    • v.t Represent rep-rē-zent′ to exhibit the image of: to serve as a sign of: to personate or act the part of: to stand in the place of: to bring before the mind: to describe: to portray: to exemplify
    • n Represent one who stands for another, a deputy, delegate:
    • n Represent (law) an heir
    • ***


  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.”
  • S. I. Hayakawa
    S. I. Hayakawa
    “If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.”
  • Tony Benn
    Tony Benn
    “All war represents a failure of diplomacy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. représenter, L. repraesentare, repraesentatum,; pref. re-, re- + preesentare, to place before, present. See Present (v. t.)


In literature:

The whole power and honor of the olive is in its fruit; and, unless that be represented, nothing is represented.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
One of the bell-glasses is represented Fig.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
This was the beginning of our present system of representative government.
"The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624" by Charles E. Hatch
Your brush represents your hand.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
When the first edition of the three mammoth volumes finally came into her sole possession, they represented an outlay on her part of $20,000.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Moreover she represented a country home, something like his own, a nice simple country town, nice people.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Let one child represent an idol.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
Similarly the only representatives of the West present at Constantinople II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Represented Argyllshire in Parliament, 1868-1878.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards

In poetry:

Each pair should represent a day:
On some the sun should rise,
While others bent their mournful way
Through cold and cloudy skies.
"Vignette - I" by Matilda Betham
Long their fixed eyes to heaven bent,
Unchanged, they did never move,
As if so great and pure a love
No glass but it could represent.
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Here shift the scene, to represent
How those I love my death lament.
Poor Pope will grieve a month, and Gay
A week, and Arbuthnot a day.
"Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D." by Jonathan Swift
Thus Tom the marriage sprig had planted;
From thence drew all the joys he wanted.
Quite full, you'd represent his store,
Who runs away for fear of more.
"The Parrish Wedding" by William Hutton
He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Went over the sea for to represent
The folk of our island continent;
Went over to England where dukes and lords,
And princes, and barons, and earls in hordes,
And bankers, and boodlers, and scores of Jews
Were burning to hear of Australia's views.
"The Wobble" by C J Dennis

In news:

He represents District 1, which covers northeastern Martin County.
Mary Kay Business Model Drawing in Younger Representatives.
B, I'm the guy representing all forms and styles of DJing.
Mark Eves will begin his third term as a state representative next month, when elections for presiding officers will be held in the House and Senate.
Berkeley Elementary School students gave collected "pop tops" to a representative from the Ronald McDonald House.
The three stars in a row represent his belt.
Thompson is the Republican running to represent the Badger State in the Senate.
Political newcomer Susan Martin is the new representative for the District 8 State House seat.
The third-term congresswoman ranked first among New York City-area representatives this year for travel spending between the Cap.
Fiscal conservative Amory Bodin seeks to represent the citizens of District 114 in the Florida House of Representatives.
We need more than a one-issue candidate representing us for state representative.
Regina K Vargo Assistant United States Trade Representative for the Americas United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508.
The Big 12 is well represented on the list of invited players, with every team but Iowa State and Texas A&M having at least one representative.
State Representative Tim O'Driscoll (R) is left of Dayton, US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) and State Representative Steve Gottwalt (R) are to the right.
Last January, after a tsunami ravaged the Indian subcontinent, US Representative Joseph Crowley, a Democrat who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, led a Congressional delegation to survey the wreckage in Sri Lanka.

In science:

A (−AT ) represents the Hamiltonian for particles (holes) and B represents the pairing field.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
If C ′ of branches of Dbb I ⊂ Γ − ΓI is a system of representatives, then let C ′ be a of union C ′ I ’, where I runs over a (finite) system of representatives of Γ in the set Bbb − B.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
The solid line represents the average value of IT RGB , and the dashed lines represent standard deviations of ±1σ.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
T (κx). (b) The map x′ 7→ p′ (x′ ) defines a bijection between D and a set of representatives for the W -orbits in T and also a bijection between D⋄ and a set of representatives for the W -orbits in T⋄ .
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
Vertices represent stations and substations; edges represent transmission lines.
Random graphs as models of networks