represent rep‧re‧sent [ˌreprɪˈzent] verb [transitive]
1. to speak or go somewhere officially in order to state the views, opinions etc of another person or group of people:

• Workers hired during the strike are opposed to being represented by the union.

• A Baltimore law firm will represent the company in the case.

2. if something represents a proportion of something else, it is equal to it:

• The sale represents only 1.6% of the company's average daily production.

• Russia represented 85% of the market for Czech exports.

3. if part of a graph, chart etc represents something, it shows that information:

• The blue line represents the target income for the planning period.

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represent UK US /ˌreprɪˈzent/ verb [T]
to speak for a person, organization, etc.: »

A delegation was in Japan last week to represent the industry in high-level trade talks.


The union does not represent temporary workers.

represent sb's interests/views »

We need an organisation to represent the interests of the whole workforce.

LAW to defend someone in a court of law: »

He's an eminent tax lawyer and has represented several top companies in high-profile cases.

to be something or to be equal to something: »

This sum of money represents a large percentage of our working capital.


The removal of trade barriers represents an important market opportunity for this organisation.

GRAPHS & CHARTS if a part of a picture or drawing represents something, it shows a particular piece of information: »

Each line in the diagram represents a business relationship.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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