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1 : to substitute in some capacity for
: act the part of, in place of, or for (as another person) usually by legal right: as
a : to serve esp. in a legislative body by delegated authority usually resulting from an election
b : to provide legal representation to as a lawyer
c : to act as the representative of in a class action
2 a : to describe as having a specified character or quality
b : to give one's impression and judgment of
: state in a manner intended to affect action or judgment
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.