What does representation mean?

Definitions for representation
ˌrɛp rɪ zɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -zən-rep·re·sen·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. representation, mental representation, internal representationnoun

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

  2. representationnoun

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

  3. representationnoun

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

  4. representation, delegacy, agencynoun

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

  5. representationnoun

    a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency

    "a Congressional vacancy occurred in the representation from California"

  6. representationnoun

    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, histrionicsnoun

    a performance of a play

  8. representationnoun

    a statement of facts and reasons made in appealing or protesting

    "certain representations were made concerning police brutality"

  9. representationnoun

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

  10. representationnoun

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


  1. representationnoun

    That which represents another.

  2. representationnoun

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

  3. representationnoun

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

  4. representationnoun

    A figure, image or idea that substitutes reality.

  5. representationnoun

    A theatrical performance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Representationnoun

    Etymology: representation, Fr. from represent.

    If images are worshipped, it must be as gods, which Celsus denied, or as representations of God; which cannot be, because God is invisible and incorporeal. Edward Stillingfleet.


  1. representation

    Representation refers to the depiction, portrayal, or symbol of someone or something in a particular way or as being of certain nature. It can also refer to the act of speaking or acting on behalf of someone or the state of being so represented. This term can be applied in various contexts including arts, media, politics, law, mathematics, and computer science.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Representationnoun

    the act of representing, in any sense of the verb

  2. Representationnoun

    that which represents

  3. Representationnoun

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

  4. Representationnoun

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

  5. Representationnoun

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

  6. Representationnoun

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

  7. Representationnoun

    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. Representationnoun

    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

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  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. George Russell:

    I do think the lap times are a little bit deceiving at the moment and are n’t a true representation of the pace.

  2. Oussama Khatib:

    OceanOne is aimed at bringing a new capability for underwater exploration, the intent here is to have a diver, diving virtually, creating a robot that can be the physical representation of the human.

  3. Jeffrey Hussey:

    We've been very grateful for the eviction moratorium, but it's nothing but a Band-Aid, we've been preparing for the end of the moratorium for months now. We know now that the Band-Aid is gone so many other systemic problems are going to reveal themselves : lack of affordable housing, lack of access to legal representation for tenants, lack of a roof over people's heads after eviction.

  4. Desiree Fortin:

    They are the road map to my motherhood. They are a representation of my three miracle babies who I would not have if I did not walk through infertility and carry three human beings at one time.

  5. Andres Ricaurte:

    It's about creating a digital representation of the liquidity that's trapped inside this supply chain and leveraging that representation to make trade transactions more seamless and transparent to everyone.

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