representation

noun
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən, -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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from representation

representational \ ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shnəl , -​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

Plus, given that the original series was lacking in inclusivity, a re-casting would provide further opportunities for representation. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Why "The O.C." Deserves a Reboot," 26 Dec. 2018 The $20 million is targeted for legal representation for unaccompanied minors and for bond payments to enable parents to be released from detention centers so they can be reunited with their children, according to a RAICES news release. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Advocacy group offered $20 million to Trump administration to aid immigrant families," 10 July 2018 Fallon tweeted on Sunday, referring to the organization that pays for legal representation for immigrant children. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jimmy Fallon Can’t Ignore Donald Trump," 26 June 2018 In the 2016 Dove report, 71 percent of women and 61 percent of girls yearned for better media representation of women with diverse ages, races, shapes, and sizes. Amy Keller Laird, Allure, "Miss America's Bikini Ban Is a Good Step, But It's Not Enough," 14 June 2018 Here’s a look at the bracket for a visual representation. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "How to watch the 2018 World Cup: TV schedule, groups, odds and what you need to know," 13 June 2018 There’s now a demand from the public [for more representation]. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Charlize Theron on the Power of Being a Woman," 28 Nov. 2018 The study says Netflix is still the best streaming platform for diverse representation of LGBTQ characters, dominating outlets like Hulu and Amazon Prime. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 saw record growth in LGBTQ roles on television," 26 Oct. 2018 And Rwanda has received international recognition for female representation in government, with women making up 43 percent of its Cabinet and 61 percent of parliament members. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia’s new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense," 16 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'representation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of representation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about representation

Share representation

Statistics for representation

Last Updated

30 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for representation

The first known use of representation was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for representation

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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on representation

What made you want to look up representation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

important, real, or meaningful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!