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

a : representationalism sense 2

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, -​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.

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The council moved to representation by geographic district for seven of its nine seats in 2015. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Sally Bagshaw won’t run again for Seattle City Council in 2019," 27 Nov. 2018 The peace process so far has skirted questions of improving political representation for parts of the population that aren’t part of the armed conflict, but who are increasingly frustrated, marginalized and armed, Mrs. Kendall said. Sune Engel Rasmussen And Saleh Al-batati, WSJ, "Yemen’s War Opens Way for al Qaeda’s Revival," 22 Nov. 2018 Thanks to powerful representation in Congress and the White House, via native son John F. Kennedy, Cambridge was groomed to become the home of a NASA technical enter. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Back in their home country, parents without access to legal representation or a good understanding of U.S. immigration laws, can struggle to locate their children. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Keeps Babies and Toddlers in ‘Tender Age’ Shelters," 20 June 2018 Critics say drawing districts based on the number of citizens rather than the total number of people would threaten residents' right to equal representation. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Only citizens could be counted to draw legislative districts, per Missouri House bill | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Although men will remain the predominant force U.S. politics, the sheer number of female candidates running will likely lead to greater representation for women in government after the November vote. Arit John, Bloomberg.com, "In the Year of the Woman, These Are the Races to Watch," 7 May 2018 The tiers are highly debated, but basically a micro-influencer is really anyone who doesn’t have an agent or representation yet. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Who’s your Instagram boyfriend?," 14 Nov. 2018 The 2011 map violated Republican voters’ constitutional rights of political representation and association, Judge Niemeyer, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, wrote. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Federal Court Strikes Down Maryland Gerrymander," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of representation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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