1. take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to

Similar word(s): correspond

Definition categories: stative, be, equal

2. express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

Similar word(s): symbolise, symbolize, typify

Definition categories: communication, intend, mean

3. be representative or typical for

- This period is represented by Beethoven

Definition categories: social, be

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

Definition categories: social, serve

5. serve as a means of expressing something

- The flower represents a young girl

Definition categories: communication, express, utter, verbalise, verbalize

6. be characteristic of

Similar word(s): exemplify

Definition categories: stative, be, embody, personify

7. form or compose

- This sum represents my entire income for a year

Similar word(s): be, comprise, constitute

Definition categories: stative

8. be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

- Ms. Smith will represent the defendant

Similar word(s): defend

Definition categories: social

9. create an image or likeness of

- The painter represented his wife as a young girl

Similar word(s): interpret

Definition categories: creation

10. play a role or part

Similar word(s): act, play

Definition categories: creation

11. perform (a play), especially on a stage

Similar word(s): present, stage

Definition categories: creation

12. describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality

- He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel

Definition categories: communication, depict, describe, draw

13. point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance

- our parents represented to us the need for more caution

Definition categories: communication, remonstrate

14. bring forward and present to the mind

- We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason

Similar word(s): present

Definition categories: communication, say, state, tell

15. to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)

Similar word(s): map

Definition categories: change, commute, permute, transpose

Sentences with represent as a verb:

- He represented that he was investigating for the police department.