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represent

verb [T]     /ˌreprɪˈzent/
to speak for a person , organization , etc.: A delegation was in Japan last week to represent the industry in high-level trade talks . The union does not represent temporary workers .represent sb's interests/views We need an organisation to represent the interests of the whole workforce .
LAW to defend someone in a court of law : He's an eminent tax lawyer and has represented several top companies in high-profile cases .
to be something or to be equal to something: This sum of money represents a large percentage of our working capital . The removal of trade barriers represents an important market opportunity for this organisation .
GRAPHS & CHARTS if a part of a picture or drawing represents something, it shows a particular piece of information : Each line in the diagram represents a business relationship .
(Definition of represent verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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