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Dictionary Definition



1 a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image [syn: mental representation, internal representation]
2 a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
3 the act of representing; standing in for someone or some group and speaking with authority in their behalf
4 the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent [syn: delegacy, agency]
5 a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency; "a Congressional vacancy occurred in the representation from California"
6 a factual statement made by one party in order to induce another party to enter into a contract; "the sales contract contains several representations by the vendor"
7 a performance of play [syn: theatrical performance, theatrical, histrionics]
8 a statement of facts and reasons made in appealing or protesting; "certain representations were made concerning police brutality"
9 the right of being representated by delegates who have a voice in some legislative body
10 an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˌrɛp.rə.zɛn.ˈteɪ.ʃən/
  • /%rEp.r@.zEn."teI.S@n/


  1. What represents another thing.
  2. Figure, image or idea that substitutes reality.
  3. Theatrical performance.


Extensive Definition

Representation can refer to:
Represent can refer to:
representation in German: Repräsentation
representation in French: Représentation
representation in Dutch: Representatie
representation in Polish: Reprezentacja
representation in Portuguese: Representação
representation in Russian: Представление
representation in Simple English: Representation
representation in Swedish: Representation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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