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.
Recent Examples on the Web The association has already started nudging companies into improving representation, engaging in conversations with them and providing lists of Latino candidates. Jeff Green, Bloomberg.com, "Latino Group Pressures California Companies for More Directors," 20 Nov. 2020 The look with its matching glow-in-the-dark tattoos is truly stunning and a wonderful representation of the fanciful, thrilling beauty explorations of K-pop stars. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Star Kai Surprised Fans With Neon Green Hair in New Music Video Teaser," 19 Nov. 2020 Contact the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative for possible pro bono representation. Sarah Taddeo, USA TODAY, "Revenge porn is up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's how to protect yourself.," 19 Nov. 2020 Hat Tricks pizza was fantastic, and a greater representation of pub grub than the typical wings and burger fare found in most suburban sports-centric dives. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "The Avezzano family keeps Coach Joe’s legacy alive with new Yonkers Pizza Company," 18 Nov. 2020 Such representation, the report notes, could come from traditional unions or worker advocacy groups like the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Jobs With Justice and the Freelancers Union. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "Don’t Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy," 17 Nov. 2020 Her lawyers want to delay the case until Montgomery can get proper representation. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Lisa Montgomery's lawyers seek to delay execution after contracting coronavirus," 16 Nov. 2020 Māori representation has slipped, however, from 23% at the last election to 21%. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "New Zealand has just elected one of the most diverse parliaments in the world. Here's how it stacks up," 16 Nov. 2020 From the beginning, her brilliance at the game is presented as intrinsically connected to her use of substances, spreading a dangerous and flawed representation of the link between drugs and genius. Lilly Dancyger, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen’s Gambit and the Dangerous Myth of Drug-Induced Genius," 16 Nov. 2020

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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 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for representation

representation

noun
How to pronounce representation (audio)

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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