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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. 3a 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. 5Representative (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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