To stand for; symbolize: The bald eagle represents the United States. To indicate or communicate by signs or symbols: Letters of the alphabet represent sounds. To depict in art; portray. To describe or present in words; set forth. To present clearly to the mind. To draw attention to by way of remonstrance or protest: Our parents represented to us the need for greater caution. To describe or put forward (a person or thing) as an embodiment of a specified quality. To serve as the official and authorized delegate or agent for. To act as a spokesperson for. To serve as an example of: The museum had several paintings representing the artist's early style. To be the equivalent of. To stage (a play, for example); produce. To act the part or role of.