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represent

verb (ACT FOR)    /ˌrep.rɪˈzent/
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).Replacing and exchanging [T] to be the Member of Parliament, or of Congress, etc. for a particular area: Ed Smythe represents Barnet.Replacing and exchanging 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.Complaining
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