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.

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. Alexander MacLaren:

    Every life has dark tracts and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light, and flings no shadows on the canvas.

  2. Anthony Harrison:

    The growth in representation of people from more diverse groups, working in many different functions across the company, is a key driver of our ability to succeed, we want to fully support all employees when there are issues reported and when there may be micro-behaviors that add up. We are going to keep doing all we can to be a truly inclusive company.

  3. Kelvin Davis:

    I think( the level of representation in New Zealand Cabinet) is a first ever and we're proud to be a part of that.

  4. John Wesley:

    A feast of dedication; yet he calls it a feast to Jehovah; for as brutish as they were, they did not design to terminate their adoration in the image; but they made it for a representation of the true God...yet this did not excuse them from gross idolatry.”

  5. Kristen Grainger:

    Governor Brown's office would need to make representation about what he was thinking, what he had done, all of those things that those questions asked and that information was not forthcoming, this is an individual who had resigned his office.

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    causing disapproval or protest
    • A. obnoxious
    • B. tight
    • C. frantic
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