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 But the more strides representation makes, the more obvious its limitations become. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 For example, one of our portfolio companies has committed to expanding the representation of women across the total workforce by institutionalizing a structured, unbiased performance management system. Rob Kaplan, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The first decade of the 21st century showed a steep decline in the players from Alabama high schools and colleges selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, and the representation did not rebound in the second. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 22 June 2022 There is obviously this taste for travel, for the representation of universes, landscapes, cultures that fascinates me. Jd Linville, Variety, 18 June 2022 John, the representation of Asian families on screen has been important to you. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 Lightyear is getting review bombed due to the LGBT representation in the film https://t.co/i8Ep6kplpv pic.twitter.com/GlqWfTVyNZ — ? Ariana Garcia, Chron, 15 June 2022 Coming out has long been the archetypal representation of queerness in media. The New Yorker, 15 June 2022 Actor Greg Tarzan Davis, who plays Coyote in the new sequel Top Gun: Maverick, is very proud of the representation in the film. Taylor Vasilik, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 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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“Representation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representation. Accessed 2 Jul. 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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