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"represent" in British English

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representverb

uk   /ˌrep.rɪˈzent/  us   /ˌrep.rɪˈzent/
  • 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.

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  • 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 White House represents the identity of the United States.

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  • 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 10 percent on the previous one.

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(Definition of represent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"represent" in American English

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representverb

 us   /ˌrep·rɪˈzent/
  • represent verb (ACT FOR)

[T] to speak, act, or be present officially for a person or group: His law firm is representing a dozen of the families involved in that disaster.
  • represent verb (DESCRIBE)

[T] to show or describe something, or to be a sign or symbol of something: The memorial represents the sacrifice of men and women who gave their lives in war.
  • represent verb (BE)

[L] to be the result of something, or to be something: This represents years of work. China and India represent 40% of the world’s population.
representation
noun [U]  us   /ˌrep·rɪ·zenˈteɪ·ʃən, -zən-/
People too poor to pay for legal representation get a public defender.
(Definition of represent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"represent" in Business English

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representverb [T]

uk   us   /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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