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Usage statistics for the verb represent:

spoken English28.45%written English71.55% imaginative writing9.78%informational writing90.22%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb represent:

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Definition of the verb represent

What does represent mean as a doing word?

Represent is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common verbs in informational written English.

verb - inflections: represented | representing | represents

  1. take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of represent: correspond / stand for
    • more generic words: be / equal = be identical or equivalent to
  2. express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
  3. be representative or typical for
    • example: This period is represented by Beethoven
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  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
    • example: I represent the silent majority
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: serve = do duty or hold offices
  5. serve as a means of expressing something
  6. be characteristic of
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of represent: exemplify
    • more generic words: be / embody / personify = represent, as of a character on stage
  7. form or compose
  8. be the defense counsel for someone in a trial
    • examples: Ms. Smith will represent the defendant | They want to represent the prisoners
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of represent: defend
  9. create an image or likeness of
  10. play a role or part
  11. perform (a play), especially on a stage
  12. describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
    • example: He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: depict / describe / draw = give a description of
    • more specific words:
  13. point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance
    • example: our parents represented to us the need for more caution
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: point out / remonstrate = present and urge reasons in opposition
  14. bring forward and present to the mind
    • example: We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of represent: lay out / present
    • more generic words: say / state / tell = express in words
    • more specific words:
      • reason / argue = present reasons and arguments
      • indicate / argue = give evidence of
      • spin = twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
  15. to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of represent: map
    • more generic words: commute / permute / transpose = change the order or arrangement of

Alternative definition of the verb represent


  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.
  2. To portray by pictorial 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.
  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.
  8. To form or image again in consciousness, as an object of cognition or apprehension (something presentative, which was originally apprehended by direct presentation).


  1. "Represent" is the debut album by rapper Fat Joe then known as Fat Joe da Gangsta. Joe started his first single Flow Joe. It peaked at the Billboard 100 by late 1993. In mid-1994, he released his second single Watch The Sound followed by The Shit Is Real, featuring a remix by DJ Premier which would appear on Joe's second album.
  2. "Represent" is the fourth album by Comptons Most Wanted, their first since Music to Driveby in 1992. It included the singles, "This is Compton 2000" and "Then U Gone". In 2007, MC Eiht re-released the album in the name, Representin'. The Cover art pays tribute to the N.W.
  3. "Represent" is a cataloged instance, composition.

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Google previewProgrammatic Supplemental EIS for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries Implemented Under the Authority of the Fishery Management Plans for the Groundfish Fishery of the Gulf of Alaska and the Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area (2004)

Environmental Impact Statement

Values represent means over 200 simulations. The 2002 values represent the baseline year for the projections (catches have been specified explicitly). Units are in thousands of metric tons. ...................................... .. H-65 Projections of Bering ...

Google previewExercise Physiology for Health, Fitness, and Performance (2007)

by Sharon Plowman, Denise Smith

The dots represent means from various studies. The outer lines indicate normal variability in reported values. Source: 0.

Google previewNation, Empire, Decline (2013)

Studies in Rhetorical Continuity from the Romans to the Modern Era by Nancy Shumate

Standing against thealien threatthatthey collectively represent is the normative male native, the 'true' Roman Them andUs:Constructing Romanness in the Satires of Juvenal.

Google previewTrauma And Its Wake (2013)

by Charles R. Figley

What all these observations and the subsequent draft of a revised description of PTSD represent is the emergence of a more sophisticated understanding of the immediate and long-term psychosocial consequences of traumatic events.

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1832)

2, 3, 4, and 5, represent the detached parts of Bramah's Lock, according to the last and most approved construction.

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia ... (1830)

by Sir David Brewster

Represent the Magic Lantern and the Arrangement of its Lenses and Mirror.

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

Thus, they use the names Titius, Sempronius, Cains, and the like, to represent indefinitely any person in such circumstances; and cases so propounded, they call species. Vieta, accustomed to the language of the civil law, gave, as Wallis ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (2000)

Volume 42 - Supplement 27 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

INTRODUCTION Genetic Algorithms represent a class of evolutionary computing models inspired by the laws of nature. They may be traced back to work done in the middle sixties by John Holland at the University of Michigan on the Theory of ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

ideogram A pictorial system used in a writing system to represent an entity or an idea. Ideograms are also called ideographs.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Policy Studies, Second Edition, (1994)

by Stuart Nagel

Therefore, inasmuch as women represent more than half of the population and African- Americans represent the largest "non white" minority group in the United States today (more than 12% of the population), this chapter will consider only ...

Google previewThe Universal Modern Cambist, and Foreign and Domestic Commercial Calculator; Or, A Dictionary of Numerical, Arithmetical, and Mathematical Facts, Tables, Data, Formulas ... (1875)

Let 1 represent the sum of the parts, A, B, and C the parts, and d the given ...

Google previewDictionary of races of peoples (1911)

by United States. Immigration Commission (1907-1910), William Paul Dillingham

The population figures represent the total population of Norway, and the immigration figures the total number of Scandinavians, mostly Norwegians, coming from Norway. » The population figures represent the total population of Ireland, and ...

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Quotes about Represent

You don't want to write your own opinion, you don't want to just represent yourself, but represent yourself through someone else. (Michael Ondaatje)
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Scrabble value of R1E1P3R1E1S1E1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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