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 And although this current style of protest photography predates the Black Lives Matter movement, the ubiquity of smartphones and social media has enabled a more apparent diversity in representation. Myles Poydras, The Atlantic, "How Will We Remember the Protests?," 31 Dec. 2020 Yet the irony is lost on few in fashion that, at precisely the moment when an epochal shift in representation occurred, the modeling business effectively shut down. New York Times, "The Ups and Downs of Fashion in 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Global economic organizations are seeing significant progress this year in the representation of women among their leadership. Fortune, "The ‘triumph’ of dismantling Harvey Weinstein’s old company office," 9 Dec. 2020 Before The Act, these stories were mostly confined to Lifetime-style ripped from the headlines adaptations, resulting in rather exploitative and often scandalous representation of the real life stories of the people harmed by their carers. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, "The Hard Truth Behind Hulu’s Run," 22 Nov. 2020 Hispanic performers showed a bigger increase in onstage representation, going from 5% to 13%. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘I might lose my mind’: Do theater stages accurately represent Central Florida’s diversity?," 16 Nov. 2020 The increase in Native congressional representation is nice to see, though what the caucus will be able to agree upon, much less achieve, with such a stark ideological split is unclear. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Power of the “Something Else” Vote," 6 Nov. 2020 It is also set to actively target an increase in female and minority representation among its senior management. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Bentley to Sell Only EVs Starting in 2030," 5 Nov. 2020 With all due respect, Gloria Estefan’s closing reprisal of one of her decades-old hits with Black Latinos appearing as background unfortunately perpetuates the effects of these disparities in representation on mainstream platforms such as these. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, "CBS gave Latinos an hour of primetime TV to honor essential workers. Did it land?," 27 Oct. 2020

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for representation

representation

noun
How to pronounce representation (audio)

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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