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represent

verb uk   /ˌrep.rɪˈzent/ us  

represent verb (ACT FOR)

C2 [T] to speak, act, or be present officially for another person or people: They chose a famous barrister to represent them in court. Union officials representing the teachers met the government today. I sent my husband to represent me at the funeral. Women were well/poorly represented at the conference (= there were many/few present). [T] to be the Member of Parliament, or of Congress, etc. for a particular area: Ed Smythe represents Barnet. C2 [T] to be the person from a country, school, etc. that is in a competition: She was chosen to represent France at the Olympics. formal to express or complain about something, to a person in authority: We represented our grievances/demands to the boss.

represent verb (DESCRIBE)

C2 [T] to show or describe something or someone: [+ -ing verb] The statue represents St. George killing the dragon. This new report represents the current situation in our schools. He represents himself as an expert, but he knows nothing. B2 [T] to be a sign or symbol of something: To many people the Queen represents the former glory of Britain.

represent verb (BE)

B2 [L only + noun] to be the result of something, or to be something: This book represents ten years of thought and research. The new offer represented an increase of ten percent on the previous one.
(Definition of represent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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