What does representative mean?

Definitions for representative
ˌrɛp rɪˈzɛn tə tɪvrep·re·sen·ta·tive

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. representative(noun)

    a person who represents others

  2. spokesperson, interpreter, representative, voice(noun)

    an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

    "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"

  3. congressman, congresswoman, representative(noun)

    a member of the United States House of Representatives

  4. example, illustration, instance, representative(adj)

    an item of information that is typical of a class or group

    "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"

  5. representative(adj)

    serving to represent or typify

    "representative moviegoers"; "a representative modern play"

  6. representative(adj)

    standing for something else

    "the bald eagle is representative of the United States"

  7. representative(adj)

    being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives

    "representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"

Wiktionary

  1. representative(Noun)

    One who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotiation.

    I will send a representative to work out the details of the contract.

    Etymology: From representatif.

  2. representative(Noun)

    A member of a legislative or governing body who represents a constituency.

    She served four terms as representative of her local at the national union convention.

    Etymology: From representatif.

  3. representative(Noun)

    One that is taken as typical of its class.

    Etymology: From representatif.

  4. representative(Noun)

    A member of the US House of Representatives.

    All representatives face re-election every two years.

    Etymology: From representatif.

  5. representative(Adjective)

    Typical; having the same properties of interest as a larger group.

    Etymology: From representatif.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Representative(adj)

    fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  2. Representative(adj)

    bearing the character or power of another; acting for another or others; as, a council representative of the people

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  3. Representative(adj)

    conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as deputies for, the people; as, a representative government

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  4. Representative(adj)

    serving or fitted to present the full characters of the type of a group; typical; as, a representative genus in a family

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  5. Representative(adj)

    similar in general appearance, structure, and habits, but living in different regions; -- said of certain species and varieties

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  6. Representative(adj)

    giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was originally presentative knowledge; as, representative faculties; representative knowledge. See Presentative, 3 and Represent, 8

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  7. Representative(noun)

    one who, or that which, represents (anything); that which exhibits a likeness or similitude

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  8. Representative(noun)

    an agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of another, or others, being invested with his or their authority

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  9. Representative(noun)

    one who represents, or stands in the place of, another

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  10. Representative(noun)

    a member of the lower or popular house in a State legislature, or in the national Congress

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  11. Representative(noun)

    that which presents the full character of the type of a group

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

  12. Representative(noun)

    a species or variety which, in any region, takes the place of a similar one in another region

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.]

Editors Contribution

  1. representative

    A person elected to represent their electorate as a member of a form of unity government.

    The representative did have optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity for all as their priorities at all times.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 16, 2020  
  2. representative

    A person who represents.

    The local government representative was very helpful, kind and caring.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'representative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4088

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'representative' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4338

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'representative' in Nouns Frequency: #722

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'representative' in Adjectives Frequency: #775

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of representative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of representative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of representative in a Sentence

  1. Tom Wolf:

    Charlie Dent is a voice of reason and civility that breaks through the chaos and partisanship of Washington and he will be missed, i thank Representative Dent for his service to our country and commonwealth.

  2. Matthew Luckhurst:

    His actions were a betrayal of every value we have in our community, and he is not representative of our great police force.

  3. Bennett Johnston:

    I may disagree with Representative Scalise but a racist he is not. Nor would he have been stupid enough to knowingly address a racist group, while it is sometimes fun to see Republicans in trouble, you'd be wrong to blame Representative Steve Scalise for being racist on account of addressing a (EURO) meeting.

  4. Lisa Barrett:

    The Overseas Investment Office is aware that allegations have been made in relation to Matt Lauer and that he is no longer working for NBC News in the USA, we are discussing this with his representative and are seeking further information.

  5. Eric Swalwell:

    This was not a heated passion crime. This didn't happen spontaneouslywith words just slipping out Donald Trump's mouth at that rally. For months he had propagated this big lie to radicalize these terrorists [and] to call ... thecalvary to Washington, and he called it 'stop the steal,' and if you're not an elected representative, the only way that you can stop the stealis by taking a physical act. He told them, don't show weakness, you will lose your country if you don't fight.

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    • A. anil
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    • C. evangelist
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