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
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?
be representative or typical for
This period is represented by Beethoven
be a delegate or spokesperson for; represent somebody's interest or be a proxy or substitute for, 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
serve as a means of expressing something
The flower represents a young girl
be characteristic of
This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue
Synonym: exemplify
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
be the defense counsel for someone in a trial
Ms. Smith will represent the defendant
Synonym: defend
create an image or likeness of
The painter represented his wife as a young girl
Synonym: interpret
play a role or part
Gielgud played Hamlet|She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role|She played the servant to her husband's master
Synonym: play, act
perform (a play), especially on a stage
we are going to stage `Othello'
Synonym: present, stage
describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
He represented this book as an example of the Russian 19th century novel
point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance
our parents represented to us the need for more caution
bring forward and present to the mind
We presented the arguments to him|We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
Synonym: lay out, present
to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
Synonym: map