defend vs represent what difference

what is difference between defend and represent



From Middle English defenden, from Old French defendre, deffendre (Modern French défendre), from Latin dēfendō (to ward off), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰen-.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈfɛnd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɛˈfɛnd/, /diˈfɛnd/, /dəˈfɛnd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnd


defend (third-person singular simple present defends, present participle defending, simple past and past participle defended)

  1. (transitive) To ward off attacks against; to fight to protect; to guard.
  2. (transitive) To support by words or writing; to vindicate, talk in favour of.
  3. (transitive, law) To make legal defence of; to represent (the accused).
  4. (sports) To focus one’s energies and talents on preventing opponents from scoring, as opposed to focusing on scoring.
  5. (sports) To attempt to retain a title, or attempt to reach the same stage in a competition as one did in the previous edition of that competition.
  6. (poker slang) To call a raise from the big blind.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To ward off, repel (an attack or attacker).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      The vertue is, that neither steele, nor stone / The stroke thereof from entrance may defend [].
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To prevent, to keep (from doing something).
  9. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To prohibit, forbid.


  • See also Thesaurus:defend


  • attack

Derived terms

  • defendable
  • defendant
  • defender
  • defending

Related terms

  • defense, defence
  • defensive



  • fended


Etymology 1

From Old French représenter, from Latin repraesentō.

Alternative forms

  • repræsent (archaic)


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɹɛp.ɹɪ.ˈzɛnt/


represent (third-person singular simple present represents, present participle representing, simple past and past participle represented)

  1. (transitive) To present again or anew; to present by means of something standing in the place of; to exhibit the counterpart or image of; to typify.
  2. (transitive) To portray visually; to delineate
  3. (transitive) To portray by mimicry or acting; to act the part or character of
    Synonym: play
  4. (transitive) To stand or act in the place of; to perform the duties, exercise the rights, or otherwise act on behalf of
  5. (politics, transitive) To act as a representative of (a country, state, district etc.)
  6. (transitive) To portray to another using language; to show; to give one’s own impressions and judgement of
  7. (transitive) To give an account of; to describe.
  8. (transitive) To serve as a sign or symbol of
  9. (transitive) To bring a certain sensation of into the mind; to cause to be known, felt, or apprehended; to present.
  10. (transitive) To form or image again in consciousness, as an object of cognition or apprehension (something presentative, which was originally apprehended by direct presentation).
  11. (transitive) To constitute, to make up, to be an example of.
  12. (sports, transitive) To participate as a team member
  13. (intransitive, African-American Vernacular) To constitute a good example or symbol of a group of people; to acquit oneself well.
    • 1999, Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, Still D.R.E.
      I’m representing for the gangsters all across the world.
      Still hitting them corners in them low lows girl.
  • (to constitute): form, make up; see also Thesaurus:compose
Derived terms
  • under-represent, underrepresent
Related terms
  • representability
  • representable
  • representation
  • representative

Etymology 2

re- +‎ present.

Alternative forms

  • re-present


  • IPA(key): /ɹi(ː).pɹɪ.ˈzɛnt/


represent (third-person singular simple present represents, present participle representing, simple past and past participle represented)

  1. (medicine) To present again, for instance for medical attention.
Related terms
  • representation

Further reading

  • represent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • represent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • represent at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • presenter, repenters

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