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Definition of representative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    representative (of somebody/something)
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  1. 1a person who has been chosen to speak or vote for someone else or on behalf of a group a representative of the U.N. our elected representatives in government a union representative The committee includes representatives from industry.
  2. 2(informal rep) a person who works for a company and travels around selling its products a sales representative She's our representative in France.
  3. 3 a person chosen to take the place of someone else He was the principal's representative at the ceremony.
  4. 4a person who is typical of a particular group The singer is regarded as a representative of the youth of her generation.
  5. 5 Representative (abbreviation Rep.) (in the U.S.) a member of the House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress; a member of the House of Representatives in the lower house of a state legislature
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