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
Before him burn Milton.
Seven lamps, as in a zodiac representing
The heavenly fires.
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
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
He represented Rizzio's credit with the queen to
be the chief and only obstacle to his success in that
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
Among these. Fancy next Milton.
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
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. Hamilton.