v 1: take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to; "Because
of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in
Greek stands for an 's' in Latin" [syn: stand for
2: express indirectly; be a symbol of; "What does the Statue of
Liberty symbolize?" [syn: symbolize
3: be representative or typical for; "This period is
represented by Beethoven"
4: be a delegate for; represent somebody's interest, as of
politicians and office holders representing their
constituents, or of a tenant representing other tenants in
a housing dispute; "I represent the silent majority"
5: serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower
represents a young girl"
6: be characteristic of: "This compositional style is
exemplified by this fugue" [syn: exemplify
7: form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone
wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These
constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the
chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a
year"; "These few men comprise his entire army" [syn: constitute
8: be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith
will represent the defendant" [syn: defend
] [ant: prosecute
9: create an image or likeness of, in art [syn: interpret
10: play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to
act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"
11: describe or present as an embodiment of a particular
quality; "He represented this book as an example of the
Russian 19th century novel"
12: to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)