1 be a member of a group
strongly, well

Local businesses are well represented on the committee.


Women and men were represented equally on the teams.


Women are disproportionately represented among welfare recipients.

2 act/speak officially for sb
legally (BrE)

The suspect must appear and may be legally represented.

ably, adequately, truly

We have been ably represented in our efforts by our attorney.

How can we all be adequately represented by one political party?

leaders who truly represent the interests of working families

choose sb to, elect sb to, select sb to

He was chosen to represent Scotland in three consecutive World Cup Finals.

claim to, pretend to

organizations claiming to represent farmers

3 show sth
accurately, faithfully

Representing an image accurately requires a great many bytes of digital information.

diagrammatically (esp. BrE), graphically, schematically, visually

The data can be represented graphically in a line diagram.

be intended to

It is not clear what these symbols were intended to represent.

purport to, seek to

The book purported to represent the lives of ordinary people.


The movie represents women as victims.

Represent is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arrow, ↑attorney, ↑counsel, ↑delegation, ↑diagram, ↑film, ↑graph, ↑image, ↑line, ↑map, ↑metaphor, ↑painting, ↑percentage, ↑symbol, ↑union, ↑work
Represent is used with these nouns as the object: ↑achievement, ↑antithesis, ↑artist, ↑beginning, ↑breakthrough, ↑challenge, ↑client, ↑climax, ↑consensus, ↑constituency, ↑continuation, ↑country, ↑county, ↑cross section, ↑culmination, ↑danger, ↑departure, ↑district, ↑diversity, ↑equivalent, ↑escalation, ↑essence, ↑example, ↑exception, ↑extreme, ↑failure, ↑fall, ↑group, ↑hope, ↑ideal, ↑improvement, ↑increase, ↑instance, ↑interest, ↑landmark, ↑milestone, ↑move, ↑obstacle, ↑people, ↑per cent, ↑plaintiff, ↑point of view, ↑range, ↑reality, ↑reduction, ↑return, ↑reversal, ↑saving, ↑setback, ↑shift, ↑snub, ↑spectrum, ↑spirit, ↑stage, ↑state, ↑swing, ↑symbol, ↑threat, ↑triumph, ↑turning point, ↑type, ↑view, ↑viewpoint, ↑watershed

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