Hypertext Webster Gateway: "represent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Re-present \Re`-pre*sent"\ (r?`pr?-z?nt"), v. t.
To present again; as, to re-present the points of an

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Represent \Rep`re*sent"\ (r?p`r?-z?nt"), v. t. [F. repr?senter,
L. repraesentare, repraesentatum; pref. re- re- + preesentare
to place before, present. See {Present}, v. t.]
1. To present again or anew; to present by means of something
standing in the place of; to exhibit the counterpart or
image of; to typify.

Before him burn Seven lamps, as in a zodiac
representing The heavenly fires. --Milton.

2. To portray by pictoral or plastic art; to delineate; as,
to represent a landscape in a picture, a horse in bronze,
and the like.

3. To portray by mimicry or action of any kind; to act the
part or character of; to personate; as, to represent

4. To stand in the place of; to supply the place, perform the
duties, exercise the rights, or receive the share, of; to
speak and act with authority in behalf of; to act the part
of (another); as, an heir represents his ancestor; an
attorney represents his client in court; a member of
Congress represents his district in Congress.

5. To exhibit to another mind in language; to show; to give
one's own impressions and judgement of; to bring before
the mind; to set forth; sometimes, to give an account of;
to describe.

He represented Rizzio's credit with the queen to be
the chief and only obstacle to his success in that
demand. --Robertson.

This bank is thought the greatest load on the
Genoese, and the managers of it have been
represented as a second kind of senate. --Addison.

6. To serve as a sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols
represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas
or things.

7. To bring a sensation of into the mind or sensorium; to
cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.

Among these. Fancy next Her office holds; of all
external things Which he five watchful senses
represent, She forms imaginations, aery shapes.

8. (Metaph.) To form or image again in consciousness, as an
object of cognition or apprehension (something which was
originally apprehended by direct presentation). See
{Presentative}, 3.

The general capability of knowledge necessarily
requires that, besides the power of evoking out of
unconsciousness one portion of our retained
knowledge in preference to another, we posses the
faculty of representing in consciousness what is
thus evoked . . . This representative Faculty is
Imagination or Phantasy. --Sir. W.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}, {correspond}]
2: express indirectly; be a symbol of; "What does the Statue of
Liberty symbolize?" [syn: {symbolize}, {symbolise}, {stand
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}, {typify}]
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},
{make up}, {comprise}, {be}]
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"
[syn: {act}, {play}]
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)
[syn: {map}]

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