What does Representation mean?

Definitions for Representation
ˌrɛp rɪ zɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -zən-Rep·re·sen·ta·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Representation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. representation, mental representation, internal representation(noun)

    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

  2. representation(noun)

    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

  3. representation(noun)

    the act of representing; standing in for someone or some group and speaking with authority in their behalf

  4. representation, delegacy, agency(noun)

    the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent

  5. representation(noun)

    a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency

    "a Congressional vacancy occurred in the representation from California"

  6. representation(noun)

    a factual statement made by one party in order to induce another party to enter into a contract

    "the sales contract contains several representations by the vendor"

  7. theatrical performance, theatrical, representation, histrionics(noun)

    a performance of a play

  8. representation(noun)

    a statement of facts and reasons made in appealing or protesting

    "certain representations were made concerning police brutality"

  9. representation(noun)

    the right of being represented by delegates who have a voice in some legislative body

  10. representation(noun)

    an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent


  1. representation(Noun)

    That which represents another.

  2. representation(Noun)

    The lawyers and staff who argue on behalf of another in court.

  3. representation(Noun)

    The ability to elect a representative to speak on one's behalf in government; the role of this representative in government.

  4. representation(Noun)

    A figure, image or idea that substitutes reality.

  5. representation(Noun)

    A theatrical performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Representation(noun)

    the act of representing, in any sense of the verb

  2. Representation(noun)

    that which represents

  3. Representation(noun)

    a likeness, a picture, or a model; as, a representation of the human face, or figure, and the like

  4. Representation(noun)

    a dramatic performance; as, a theatrical representation; a representation of Hamlet

  5. Representation(noun)

    a description or statement; as, the representation of an historian, of a witness, or an advocate

  6. Representation(noun)

    the body of those who act as representatives of a community or society; as, the representation of a State in Congress

  7. Representation(noun)

    any collateral statement of fact, made orally or in writing, by which an estimate of the risk is affected, or either party is influenced

  8. Representation(noun)

    the state of being represented


  1. Representation

    Representation is the use of signs that stand in for and take the place of something else. It is through representation that people organize the world and reality through the act of naming its elements. Signs are arranged in order to form semantic constructions and express relations. For many philosophers, both ancient and modern, man is regarded as the "representational animal" or homo symbolicum, the creature whose distinct character is the creation and the manipulation of signs – things that "stand for" or "take the place of" something else. Representation has been associated with aesthetics and semiotics. Mitchell says "representation is an extremely elastic notion, which extends all the way from a stone representing a man to a novel representing the day in the life of several Dubliners". The term 'representation' carries a range of meanings and interpretations. In literary theory, 'representation' is commonly defined in three ways. ⁕To look like or resemble ⁕To stand in for something or someone ⁕To present a second time to re-present Representation began with early literary theory in the ideas of Plato and Aristotle, and has evolved into a significant component of language, Saussurian and communication studies.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. representation

    A collateral statement of such facts not inserted on the policy of insurance, as may give the underwriters a just estimate of the risk of the adventure. (See WARRANTY.)

Editors Contribution

  1. representation

    The act and process of representing.

    Their representation of the current moment was fair and just.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Representation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2776

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Representation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3678

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Representation' in Nouns Frequency: #917

How to pronounce Representation?

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How to say Representation in sign language?

  1. representation


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Representation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Representation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Representation in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Namara:

    In 1994, Signe Mayfield said in The Palo Alto Cultural Center: "A more contained approach to the figure is seen in the lyrical drawing Bend, 1991, by Stephen Namara. In contrast to Neri's expressionistic forms, Namara has depicted the calisthenic stance of the figure in a pure, linear arabesque. An ambient, white light heightens the seductive beauty of the drawing. Its resonance comes from its capacity to act as both an abstract calligraph and Lyrical representation".

  2. Joe Gagliese:

    That vanity number isn't a representation of how powerful someone can be, likes are a very casual form of engagement. A lot of people like stuff without even really looking at it or they're so used to tapping the like button.

  3. Frances Lee:

    The fact that the racial divide is so deep between the parties, and the urban-rural divide is so deep between the parties, overlaps in problematic ways with the bias in The Senate representation, and that bias in The Senate representation is also reflected in Electoral College and in the composition of Supreme Court because it is the Senate's job to confirm nominations. So it's all linked.

  4. Jonathan Murray:

    I think what the real power of the series was, particularly in those early years, is that we brought people on to the television screen who had been ignored by television, you didn't regularly see LGBT people, and there was very little representation of black people or Latino people.

  5. Saifuddin Abdullah:

    Even if we have already committed to hosting an event, they will not be allowed (into the country), secondly, Malaysia will not host any event that has representation from or participation of Israel.

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