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English verb: represent

1. represent (stative) take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to


SamplesBecause of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in Greek stands for an 's' in Latin.


Synonymscorrespond, stand for


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be, equal

2. represent (communication) express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol


SamplesWhat does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?.


Synonymsstand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)intend, mean


Narrower (hyponym)be, embody, epitomise, epitomize, personify, typify

3. represent (social) be representative or typical for


SamplesThis period is represented by Beethoven.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)instantiate, speak for

4. represent (social) 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


SamplesI represent the silent majority.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)serve

5. represent (communication) serve as a means of expressing something


SamplesThe flower represents a young girl.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize


Narrower (hyponym)belie, dramatise, dramatize, embody, misrepresent, portray

6. represent (stative) be characteristic of


SamplesThis compositional style is exemplified by this fugue.


Synonymsexemplify


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be, embody, personify

7. represent (stative) form or compose


SamplesThis 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.


Synonymsbe, comprise, constitute, make up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)compose, constitute, fall into, fall under, form, make, make, pose, present, range, straddle, supplement

8. represent (social) be the defense counsel for someone in a trial


SamplesMs. Smith will represent the defendant.


ExamplesThey want to represent the prisoners


Synonymsdefend


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Antonymsprosecute

9. represent (creation) create an image or likeness of


SamplesThe painter represented his wife as a young girl.


Synonymsinterpret


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)re-create


Narrower (hyponym)animalise, animalize, capture, carnalize, chart, conventionalize, depict, depict, draw, graph, limn, map, mock up, model, paint, picture, portray, portray, present, profile, render, sensualize, show, silhouette, stylise, stylize


Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

10. represent (creation) play a role or part


SamplesGielgud 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.


Synonymsact, play


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)re-create


Narrower (hyponym)act out, act out, emote, enact, impersonate, make, make believe, parody, portray, pretend, reenact, support


Verb groupact, act, act as, play, play, play, playact, roleplay


Domain categoryperforming arts

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


SamplesWe are going to stage `Othello'.


Synonymspresent, stage


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)re-create


Narrower (hyponym)localise, localize, place, set


Domain categoryperforming arts

12. represent (communication) describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality


SamplesHe represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)depict, describe, draw


Narrower (hyponym)actualise, actualize, symbolise, symbolize

13. represent (communication) point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance


SamplesOur parents represented to us the need for more caution.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)point out, remonstrate

14. represent (communication) bring forward and present to the mind


SamplesWe presented the arguments to him.
We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason.


Synonymslay out, present


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell


Narrower (hyponym)argue, argue, indicate, reason, spin

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


Synonymsmap


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)commute, permute, transpose









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