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



    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv//
    representative (of somebody/something) Business people
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  1. 1  a person who has been chosen to speak or vote for somebody else or on behalf of a group a representative of the UN our elected representatives in government a union representative The committee includes representatives from industry. Wordfinderballot, closed shop, collective bargaining, industrial action, labour, picket, protest, representative, strike, union See related entries: Business people
  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. See related entries: Business people
  3. 3  a person chosen to take the place of somebody else He was the Queen's representative at the ceremony.
  4. 4  a 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 US) 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 parliament
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French representatif, -ive or medieval Latin repraesentativus, from the verb repraesentare ‘exhibit’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + praesentare ‘to present’.Extra examples I was the sole representative of the committee. Management are obliged to consult with union representatives about changes to conditions. The association is sending representatives to the conference. The country has a new supreme representative body. The negotiations were attended by representatives of several states. They have recalled their representatives from the negotiations. a nursing representative on the infection control committee a panel of media representatives a representative for international shipping companies his success as a full-time financial representative representatives from citizens’ groups representatives to a conference the Algerian permanent representative at the UN the UN special representative for Cyprus He was the Queen’s representative at the ceremony. He works as a sales representative for an insurance company. I was voted student representative for my class. Our elected representatives in government should be doing something about this. She’s our representative in France.
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