representation

noun
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce representation (audio) , -zən- \

Definition of representation

1 : one that represents: such as
a : an artistic likeness or image
b(1) : a statement or account made to influence opinion or action
(2) : an incidental or collateral statement of fact on the faith of which a contract is entered into
c : a dramatic production or performance
d(1) : a usually formal statement made against something or to effect a change
(2) : a usually formal protest
2 : the act or action of representing : the state of being represented: such as
b(1) : the action or fact of one person standing for another so as to have the rights and obligations of the person represented
(2) : the substitution of an individual or class in place of a person (such as a child for a deceased parent)
c : the action of representing or the fact of being represented especially in a legislative body
3 : the body of persons representing a constituency

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Other Words from representation

representational \ ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce representation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​zən-​ \ adjective
representationally adverb

Examples of representation in a Sentence

Each state has equal representation in the Senate. The letters of the alphabet are representations of sounds.
Recent Examples on the Web The vice president, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, is the representation of a seat at the table for American women of color. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Kamala Harris: What to know about America's first female vice president," 29 Mar. 2021 So does that mean that one of us should be leaving at some point because there's not enough representation? David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Meghan McCain tried to weigh in on identity politics and fumbled. There's a right way to do it.," 25 Mar. 2021 Back at the Smithsonian, Crew says the PT-13 training plane that hangs from the ceiling is a wonderful representation of the important kinds of contributions that African Americans have made. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Soaring Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen," 24 Mar. 2021 One necklace design, on closer examination, was a metallic representation of the curving skeleton of a snake. Washington Post, "Elsa Peretti, fashion model and renowned jewelry designer, dies at 80," 21 Mar. 2021 This includes the foundational systems and processes that are the stable representation of a business’s foundational behaviors. Lou Powell, Forbes, "The Dynamic Enterprise: What Comes After Digital Transformation?," 19 Mar. 2021 Your credit score is a numeric representation of your overall credit health, yet your credit report is the place where all the information about your credit accounts, your payments and your overall credit usage is listed. Holly Johnson, CNN Underscored, "Myths about credit: Does checking your credit hurt your credit score?," 19 Mar. 2021 That means hospitalizations continue to be a good representation of overall cases in any community. NBC News, "When will it be over? 3 key numbers scientists are watching to track the pandemic," 18 Mar. 2021 What’s happening in New York right now is a perfect representation of this phenomenon. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Dr. Fauci has an ominous new coronavirus warning for everyone who lives in this state," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of representation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Representation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representation. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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representation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of representation

: a person or group that speaks or acts for or in support of another person or group
: something (such as a picture or symbol) that stands for something else
: a painting, sculpture, etc., that is created to look like a particular thing or person

representation

noun
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce representation (audio) \

Kids Definition of representation

1 : one (as a picture or symbol) that is a sign or portrayal of something else
2 : the act of doing something on behalf of another or others : the state of doing something on behalf of another or others (as in a legislative body)

representation

noun
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion

Legal Definition of representation

1 : one that represents: as
a : a statement or account made to influence opinion or action — compare warranty sense 3
b : an incidental or collateral statement of fact on the faith of which a contract is entered into when a contract for sale contains certain representations by the purchaser specifically : a statement of fact made by an applicant to an insurer for the purpose of obtaining insurance
2 : the act or action of representing: as
a : the action or fact of one person standing for another so as to have the rights and obligations of the person represented
b : the substitution of an individual or class in place of a person (as when a child or children take the share of an estate that would have fallen to a deceased parent) — see also per stirpes
c : the action of representing or the fact of being represented especially in a legislative body
d : the act or action by a lawyer of providing legal advice to a client and appearing (as in court) to speak and act on the client's behalf
3 : the body of persons representing a constituency

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