Rep·re·sent v. t.
1. 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. --Milton.
2. To portray by pictoral or plastic art; to delineate; as, to represent a landscape in a picture, a horse in bronze, and the like.
3. To portray by mimicry or action of any kind; to act the part or character of; to personate; as, to represent Hamlet.
4. 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.
5. 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. --Robertson.
This bank is thought the greatest load on the Genoese, and the managers of it have been represented as a second kind of senate. --Addison.
6. To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things.
7. 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. --Milton.
8. 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. --Sir. W. Hamilton.
v 1: 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" [syn: stand for, correspond]
2: express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol;
"What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?" [syn: typify,
symbolize, symbolise, stand for]
3: be representative or typical for; "This period is
represented by Beethoven"
4: 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";
"This actor is a spokesperson for the National Rifle
5: serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower
represents a young girl"
6: be characteristic of; "This compositional style is
exemplified by this fugue" [syn: exemplify]
7: 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" [syn: constitute,
make up, comprise, be]
8: be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith
will represent the defendant" [syn: defend] [ant: prosecute]
9: create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his
wife as a young girl" [syn: interpret]
10: 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" [syn: act,
11: perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to
stage `Othello'" [syn: stage, present]
12: describe or present, usually with respect to a particular
quality; "He represented this book as an example of the
Russian 19th century novel"
13: point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance;
"our parents represented to us the need for more caution"
14: bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the
arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to
our formal reason" [syn: present, lay out]
15: to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)