represent

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to speak or act on behalf of others

Aviation

  • verb to indicate or to show, using signs or symbols

Banking

  • verb to work for a company, showing goods or services to possible buyers

Law

  • verb to state or to show

Politics

Publishing

  • verb to act as a symbol for something

Slang

  • verb to perform or behave creditably. It is often in the form of an exhortation on the lines of ‘well done’, ‘keep up the good work’. It is said to be inspired by phrases such as ‘you are a fine representative of your family/group/race’. The term was popular in UK hip hop and R ’n’ B circles from 1999.

Travel

  • verb to sell goods or a service on behalf of someone

Origin & History of “represent”

English borrowed represent from Latin repraesentāre, which meant ‘present again, bring back’, hence ‘show’. It was a compound verb formed from the prefix re- ‘back, again’ and praesentāre, source of English present. The notion of ‘standing in the place of another’ is a post-classical development.
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