- 1[uncountable, countable] the act of presenting someone or something in a particular way; something that shows or describes something synonym portrayal the negative representation of single mothers in the media The snake swallowing its tail is a representation of infinity.
- 2 [uncountable] the fact of having representatives who will speak or vote for you or on your behalf The green movement lacks effective representation in the legislature. The accused was not allowed legal representation. see also proportional representation
- 3 representations [plural] (formal) formal statements made to someone in authority, especially in order to make your opinions known or to protest We have made representations to the mayor but without success.