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

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 message also includes a simple representation of a world map and a diagram about how Earth's gravity works. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 6 May 2022 But more than a dozen students from the Bloomington campus’s Students for a New Green World who drove up to the meeting were already calling for more student representation and a different committee chair, among other demands. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2022 Through representation and advocacy, its helped professionals working in live performance, film, television and commercials through collective bargaining, action and solidarity. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 At the assembly-line hearings where many of these cases are handled, students have no right to legal representation and little chance to defend themselves against charges that can have long-term consequences. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 Morris, 73, pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Cincinnati to false representation of a Social Security number and a theft charge. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2022 The Utah Way too often becomes the way of protecting those who already are in power and kicking aside those who could use more representation and a little help. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 In 2020, for instance, the Academy established new representation and inclusion standards that take effect in 2024. The Conversation, 25 Mar. 2022 Fair Black and Hispanic voter representation and nonpartisan districts are mandated by law. orlandosentinel.com, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of representation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Representation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representation. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for representation

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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