[ rep-ri-zen-tey-shuhn, -zuhn- ]
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  1. the act of representing.

  2. the state of being represented.

  1. the expression or designation by some term, character, symbol, or the like.

  2. action or speech on behalf of a person, group, business house, state, or the like by an agent, deputy, or representative.

  3. the state or fact of being so represented: to demand representation on a board of directors.

  4. Government. the state, fact, or right of being represented by delegates having a voice in legislation or government.

  5. the body or number of representatives, as of a constituency.

  6. Diplomacy.

    • the act of speaking or negotiating on behalf of a state.

    • an utterance on behalf of a state.

  7. presentation to the mind, as of an idea or image.

  8. a mental image or idea so presented; concept.

  9. the act of portrayal, picturing, or other rendering in visible form.

  10. a picture, figure, statue, etc.

  11. the production or a performance of a play or the like, as on the stage.

  12. Often representations. a description or statement, as of things true or alleged.

  13. a statement of facts, reasons, etc., made in appealing or protesting; a protest or remonstrance.

  14. Law. an implication or statement of fact to which legal liability may attach if material: a representation of authority.

Origin of representation

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English representacion, from Latin repraesentātiōn-, stem of repraesentātiō, from repraesentāt(us) “made present” (past participle of repraesentāre “to bring about immediately, make present”; see represent) + -iō -ion

Other words from representation

  • non·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, noun
  • o·ver·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, noun
  • pre·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, noun
  • self-rep·re·sen·ta·tion, noun
  • un·der·rep·re·sen·ta·tion, noun

Words Nearby representation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use representation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for representation


/ (ˌrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of representing or the state of being represented

  2. anything that represents, such as a verbal or pictorial portrait

  1. anything that is represented, such as an image brought clearly to mind

  2. the principle by which delegates act for a constituency

  3. a body of representatives

  4. contract law a statement of fact made by one party to induce another to enter into a contract

  5. an instance of acting for another, on his authority, in a particular capacity, such as executor or administrator

  6. a dramatic production or performance

  7. (often plural) a statement of facts, true or alleged, esp one set forth by way of remonstrance or expostulation

  8. linguistics an analysis of a word, sentence, etc, into its constituents: phonetic representation

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