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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Beth Shay, an attorney with the Senior Law Center in Philadelphia, said many seniors can handle loan modifications and fix minor servicing issues on their own, or with a counselor, but need legal representation in more tangled situations. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, "Six steps advocates say would curb reverse mortgage foreclosure," 11 June 2019 The vote brought to light the country’s crisis of representation: Just as the parliamentarians in each of the two major party coalitions were fractured on the issue, so were their voters — and not always along the same lines. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 But Welch’s original legislation—meant to address the disconnect between the representation in corporate leadership and the Illinois consumers providing these companies with their revenue—would have led on this issue nationwide. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Illinois Almost Follows in California's Board Footsteps: The Broadsheet," 7 June 2019 Clearly, there’s still a long way to go towards women’s equal representation in government and society. National Geographic, "25 places where women are in charge," 5 Mar. 2019 In a state that went much of the 20th century without any black representation in the capitol, the Black Caucus has taken a lead role in plotting a course through a crisis that is inextricably tied to race. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Virginia’s Black Caucus Gains Strength Amid Political Turmoil," 15 Feb. 2019 That small gesture sent a powerful signal to everyone who saw it: that representation matters, that those who wield influence have the ability to bring new voices to the table, and that some of the most important allies are the men around us. Meena Harris, Marie Claire, "Phenomenal Woman's Meena Harris on Why We Need Men," 8 Mar. 2019 This isn't the first time that ASOS has shown that representation matters to them. De Elizabeth, Allure, "ASOS Just Launched a “Wheelchair-Friendly” Jumpsuit," 6 July 2018 But still these stories are so relatable and representation matters. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Bill Hader, Kristen Bell and other comedy stars on unlikable characters and the rise of nostalgia," 31 May 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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