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 representational (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.

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The retrospective, curated by Karen Kramer, explores what Cannon did best: exploring the power of indigeneity while shifting the conversation around, and representation of, indigenous people. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "A New Exhibit Showcases the Groundbreaking Work of Late Indigenous Artist T. C. Cannon," 5 Apr. 2019 Chan knows a thing or two about being at the forefront of Hollywood’s representation conversation. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gemma Chan Knows Hollywood Has a Long Way to Go with Inclusion," 2 Apr. 2019 The model, Garrett says, is a sort of built version of this paradox, both a place and a representation of a place, separate but inextricably linked. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 At least once a decade, usually following the decennial census, states redraw election districts to have about the same number of people and to ensure every community has equal representation. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "When Does Political Gerrymandering Cross the Line?," 15 Mar. 2019 But the defeat just proves that having equal representation in office so that people of all backgrounds can introduce and vote on legislation from their personal experience matters more than ever. Sarah Kunst, Marie Claire, "Gretchen Whitmer Is Ready for the Top Job," 7 Nov. 2018 The Transgender Law Center is also led by trans people, for trans people who need legal representation. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People WILL NOT Be Erased," 22 Oct. 2018 Tech has only slightly better female representation than the average across industries, with 18 percent women board members. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "California is officially the first state that will try to require companies like Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to add more women to their boards," 1 Oct. 2018 Ford initially said her friends helped her find legal representation. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford says Feinstein's office helped her find law firm," 27 Sep. 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 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

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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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