representation

noun

rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce representation (audio)
-zən-
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
representational
ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnəl How to pronounce representation (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
-zən-
adjective
representationally adverb

Example Sentences

Each state has equal representation in the Senate. The letters of the alphabet are representations of sounds.
Recent Examples on the Web Corsbie-Massay said Santas that are Black or other minorities meets the community's needs for self representation. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2022 Brazilian director, screenwriter and cinematographer Gabriel Martins has signed with CAA for representation. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2022 The victories for Muslim Americans like Islam help lay out a roadmap to greater federal representation. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 11 Nov. 2022 Amid entirely redrawn political maps and with one less congressional district, the battle for representation at the federal level was heated and exceptionally expensive. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2022 The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a group dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders, called Garcia’s win important for representation and also the future. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Florida voters have increasingly voted for Republican representation in recent years. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 These things could indeed be counted drawbacks if Dylan were a journalist, one who’d be beholden to representation, rather than a subjective student of pop, blues, country, soul and rock who believes not every age is a golden one. Chris Willman, Variety, 1 Nov. 2022 The Cherokee Nation is largely an outlier, as only one other treaty plausibly offers a second tribe the right to congressional representation. Gabriel Pietrorazio, The New Republic, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of representation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Representation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representation. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

representation

noun

rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion ˌrep-ri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce representation (audio)
1
: one (as a picture or symbol) that represents something else
2
: the act or action of representing : the state of being represented (as in a legislative body)
representational adjective

Legal Definition

representation

noun

rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion
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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