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represent (someone or something) as (something)

1. To depict, portray, or describe someone, something, or oneself as a particular kind or type of thing. The film aims to represent the dictator as a benevolent, generous leader. They're trying to represent their latest product's failure as a learning opportunity, but investors don't seem too convinced if the company's stock prices are anything to go by. She was arrested for representing herself as a lawyer to several people, offering discreet legal help in exchange for large fees.
2. To act or serve as some kind of delegate, advocate, or agent on behalf of someone or something. I don't want someone like him representing me as a senator in Congress! I've represented a number of talented writers as a literary agent in the past. It has been a great honor to represent my country as an ambassador to the United Nations.
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represent (someone or something) in (something)

1. To indicate, symbolize, or stand for someone or something within something. The dove represents peace in many religious and political artworks. There is a long tradition of using shades of black and red to represent villains film.
2. To act or serve as someone's or something's delegate, advocate, or agent, as in business or legal activities. My father-in-law is an accomplished lawyer, so he's going to represent me in court. You want a shrewd businessperson to represent you in all your negotiations to ensure you get the best deal possible. I really don't advise representing yourself in the divorce proceedings.
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represent to (someone or something)

1. To embody, typify, or act as an example of something to someone or something. The size of the project may look daunting, but it represents a huge business opportunity to me. That kind of behavior might represents a lazy, unreliable person to some people.
2. To indicate, symbolize, or stand for someone or something in the eyes of someone or something else. The subtle position of the woman's hand in the painting represents remorse to some people, while other think it represents acceptance. Though they may be politically incorrect, these festivities represent an important piece of cultural heritage to a lot of people in the country.
3. To act or serve as someone's or something's delegate, advocate, or agent while dealing with someone or something else. I decided to just let a recruiter represent me to potential employers who might have a position that fits my skills and experience. He went to the summit to represent his constituency to parliament.
4. To state, explain, or describe something to someone or something. My job it so argue the case in line with the way my client has represented the facts to me. They represented the project to the committee as an opportunity to revitalize the city's economy.
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represent someone in something

to act as one's advocate or agent in business or legal proceedings. My lawyer represented me in court. His attorney will represent him in all his dealings with the publishing company.
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represent someone or something as something

to depict or portray someone or something as something; to think of someone or something as something. I don't think you should represent me as so perfect. After all, I'm human. The artist represented my puppy as a playful animal.
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represent something to someone

 
1. to exemplify something to someone. What does this behavior represent to you? This represents a lapse in manners to me.
2. to explain a matter to someone. He represented the matter to me in a much more charitable light. I did not represent it properly to you.
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