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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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