Definition of representation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪzenˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪzenˈteɪʃn//
    Belonging to society
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of presenting somebody/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. 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 Parliament. The accused was not allowed legal representation. see also proportional representation See related entries: Belonging to society
  3. 3representations [plural] (formal, especially British English) formal statements made to somebody in authority, especially in order to make your opinions known or to protest We have made representations to the prime minister, but without success.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘image, likeness’): from Old French representation or Latin repraesentatio(n-), from repraesentare ‘bring before, exhibit’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + praesentare ‘to present’.Extra examples He claims that their electoral system ensures fair representation of all parties. Textile workers wanted collective representation. The film offers a realistic representation of life in rural Spain. The party has increased its representation in Parliament. The task force had broad representation with members drawn from different departments. There are many ways of generating a two-dimensional representation of an object. They had a strong representation in government. They may make representation to government on matters affecting their organization. Whether guilty or innocent, we are still entitled to legal representation. a book showing graphic representations of the periodic table a realistic cinematic representation of the Depression artistic representations of the parent/​child relationship contemporary media representations of youth direct representation in Parliament representation by a lawyer representation for employees representation from all parties shareholder representation on the boards of directors the written representation of a spoken text workers that seek union representation
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