What does representation mean?

Definitions for representationˌrɛp rɪ zɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -zən-

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.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Otis:

    Taxation without representation is tyranny.

  2. Gerald Barzan:

    Taxation WITH representation ain't so hot either.

  3. Ulf Sverdrup:

    The Norwegian model is integration without representation.

  4. John Rocco Savalli:

    Money is simply the symbolic representation of human energy.”

  5. Brian Fusco:

    Pat Lynch's leadership has failed, we'd like to give police officers the representation they deserve.

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