representative

adjective
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce representative (audio) \

Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving to represent
2a : standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority
b : of, based on, or constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them usually by election
3 : serving as a typical or characteristic example a representative moviegoer
4 : of or relating to representation or representationalism

representative

noun

Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that represents another or others: such as
a(1) : one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative body
(2) : a member of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
b : one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate usually being invested with the authority of the principal
c : one that represents a business organization
d : one that represents another as successor or heir
2 : a typical example of a group, class, or quality : specimen

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Other Words from representative

Adjective

representatively adverb
representativeness noun
representativity \ ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​tə-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce representative (audio) \ noun

Examples of representative in a Sentence

Adjective The paintings are representative of English art in the early 19th century. The students chosen for the survey are a fairly representative sample of college students from across the U.S. Noun Do you know who your representatives are? The bill was introduced by Representative Smith. a representative of her age group
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 2,664 U.S. residents interviewed between July 6-15, 2021. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 22 July 2021 The study analyzed March data from the Household Pulse Survey, an online nationally representative population sample conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in collaboration with the National Center for Health Statistics and other agencies. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 The people in the nationally representative sample — 17% of whom were Black Americans — were surveyed four times between 2013 and 2018, allowing researchers to track smoking habits in specific individuals. Claudia López Lloreda, STAT, 7 July 2021 Pew surveyed a nationally representative sample of 16,254 adults in 17 countries or territories between March and May 2021. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 30 June 2021 The study looked at a nationally representative sample of 470 hospitals across the U.S. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 In the second study, researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of adults, including 2,726 18- to 39-year olds, between March 5 and May 2. BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2021 The survey does not claim to be nationally representative in all counties. NBC News, 9 June 2021 In recent years some indicators suggest jobs are getting harder to fill, though the data might not be nationally representative. Greg Ip, WSJ, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Through his representative, Sistani appeals to his followers to join the security forces in fighting ISIS militants. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 18 July 2021 If current form is any indicator, Cedric Mullins is a near-lock to be their representative in the July 13 All-Star Game. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 30 June 2021 Be sure to contact your HR representative to discuss any needs or concerns. Paula Morgan, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The complaint alleges that after Cadena complained about the officer who made the remarks, she was informed by her union representative that the officer had been told to stay away from her. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 24 June 2021 Rodriguez and Shookus are longterm friends, his representative told Page Six. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 23 June 2021 Neither did her state representative, Jean Schmidt, a Republican from Loveland. Anna Staver, The Enquirer, 22 June 2021 Howard and his representative, South Florida based agent David Canter, have been talking to the Dolphins since the end of last season on a possible new deal. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, 15 June 2021 City employees can also report issues to the Equal Employment Investigation Office, file a complaint with the city’s fraud hotline or reach out to their union representative, Ysea said. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of representative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Representative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representative. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for representative

representative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: typical of a particular group of people or of a particular thing
: including examples of the different types of people or things in a group
: having people who are chosen in elections to act or speak for or in support of the people who voted for them

representative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who acts or speaks for or in support of another person or group
: a member of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress or of a state government
: a person or thing that is typical of a group

representative

adjective
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce representative (audio) \

Kids Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving to portray The painting is representative of a battle.
2 : carried on by people elected to act for others a representative government
3 : being a typical example of the thing mentioned This song is representative of the blues.

representative

noun

Kids Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a typical example (as of a group or class)
2 : a person who acts for others (as in a legislature and especially in the House of Representatives of the United States or of a state)

representative

adjective
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive

Legal Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving to represent
2a : standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority an agent acting in a representative capacity
b : of, based on, or constituting a government in which the people are represented by individuals chosen from among them usually by election
3 : of or relating to representation

representative

noun

Legal Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that represents another or others in a special capacity: as
a : one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative or other governing body specifically : a member of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
b : one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate and that usually is invested with the authority of the principal
c : one that represents or stands in the place of a deceased person : personal representative
d : one that represents another as successor or heir
e : one named as the plaintiff or defendant in a class action to litigate on behalf of the class

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