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What does rep mean?
Rep is most often used as a shortening of several common words, including repetition, representative, and reputation, as well as many others.
When used to mean repetition, rep is most commonly used in exercise and weightlifting, as in six reps on the leg press. When used to mean representative, rep is often used in customer service and sales. It’s also used in US politics, in which a Representative is a member of the House of Representatives. When it’s used to mean reputation, rep is mostly used in very informal settings, often referring to someone’s favor with others in a similar group.
Sometimes rep is more common than the full term. The context that rep is used in usually hints at which term the shortening represents.
Example: Please contact a sales rep if you have any problems with your order.
Where does rep come from?
Rep most frequently used as a shortening of many common words. The first records of rep to mean “reputation” come from around 1677, while the first records of the rep to mean “repetition” come from around 1936.
Rep can also be a shortened form of repair, repeat, report, Republic, and many other words.
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How is rep used in real life?
Rep is a commonly used shortening of many different words. The surrounding words usually give you a clue about what rep means in that case.
Me: 'excuse me, I am going to the beach and I need to buy some flip flops' . Sales rep: 'O you mean thong slippers'. – Whaaatt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 26, 2013
Shaquem Griffin just did 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He has one hand.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 3, 2018
Gym thoughts: its not that i can't do 50 reps, i just dont have the attention span to count to 50. :/
— Amber Liu 刘逸云 (@amberliu) April 30, 2016
How to use rep in a sentence
Reached Tuesday, a Sitrick Co. rep confirmed they parted ways with Epstein in April 2011.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I truly believe there is a Santa Claus” said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the Democratic side, many expect former Rep. Mike McMahon to make another run at the seat.
As Rep. Joe Crowley of New York told reporters, “There was no right answer and no wrong answer.”
At that time, though, my job as a rep for an Australian company made it impossible to leave Australia.
It was the era of black walnut and green rep, and they chose sets looking much alike.Girls and Women|Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
When Charles wanted a mistress he went far afield; in his hunt he bagged anything that came his way, from a duchess to a demi-rep.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall|W. R. H. Trowbridge
You ought to see ithorrid old brown rep, and a carpet thats worn into white spots!Winona of the Camp Fire|Margaret Widdemer
The weave is similar to that of ordinary rep or poplin, being a simple round-corded effect.Textiles|William H. Dooley
Rep, Repp, rep, n. a kind of cloth having a finely corded surface.