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 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 In my industry, inclusion starts with diverse decision-makers at the helm and equally diverse representation behind the scenes. Kayla Cromer, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Hollywood has a long road to disability inclusion. My experience shows it’s possible," 29 Apr. 2021 Biden expected to ban menthol cigarettes Beyond federal representation, statehood would give Washington D.C. Kate Smith, CBS News, "NAACP, Planned Parenthood pen letter supporting D.C. statehood," 29 Apr. 2021 That provision of the law describes false designation of origin and false description or representation. Kyle Wood, orlandosentinel.com, "Founder of disputed Publix subs Twitter account reveals new details of fight with grocery chain," 29 Apr. 2021 Under this umbrella, ICM brings activists and storytellers together to better diversify on-screen representation. NBC News, "Hollywood sees gold in political figures like Stacey Abrams," 29 Apr. 2021 Yes, the diversity of administration and faculty because representation certainly matters and that is something students can see as well. David Armano, Forbes, "The Digital Disruption Of Higher-Ed Is Inevitable: Alternative Models Will Challenge Status Quo," 28 Apr. 2021 My future research will continue to examine racial representation among congressional staff and the mechanisms that lead to racial inequities on Capitol Hill. James R. Jones, The Conversation, "Internships in Congress overwhelmingly go to white students," 28 Apr. 2021 This would have preserved the district and granted it two senators and at least one representative, given it full Electoral College representation, granted full Article V rights and repealed the 23rd Amendment. WSJ, "D.C. Statehood Needs a Constitutional Fix," 28 Apr. 2021 Wherever he gets assigned, Witt Sr. — an agent who also serves as his son’s representation — will go out and spend a few days there at the beginning of the season. Dallas News, "Top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. got MLB taste at ballpark of father’s home team. He believes he’s primed for his own call-up in 2021," 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of representation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Representation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representation. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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

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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