Meaning of “representation” in the English Dictionary

"representation" in British English

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representationnoun

uk /ˌrep.rɪ.zenˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌrep.rɪ.zenˈteɪ.ʃən/

representation noun (ACTING FOR)

C2 [ U ] a person or organization that speaks, acts, or is present officially for someone else:

Can he afford legal representation?

More examples

  • Defendants have a right to legal representation and must be informed of that right when they are arrested.
  • The farmers demanded greater representation in parliament.
  • The main opposing parties have nearly equal representation in the legislature.
  • The scheme is intended to increase representation of minority groups.
  • The members are chosen by a system of proportional representation.

representation noun (DESCRIPTION)

C2 [ U ] the way that someone or something is shown or described:

He gave a talk on the representation of women in 19th-century art.

[ C ] a sign, picture, model, etc. of something:

This statue is a representation of Hercules.

(Definition of “representation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"representation" in Business English

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representationnoun

uk /ˌreprɪzenˈteɪʃən/ us

[ U ] people who will speak and act for you in an official situation, or the fact of someone speaking and acting for you:

More American workers are demanding union representation.
These employees need legal representation to protect them against administrative abuse.

[ U ] if a type of person has representation in a group, there are people of that type in the group:

The committee has equal representation from employers and employees.
What is the reason for the lack of female representation on top boards?
They are monitoring the gender representation on public committees.
make representations to sb

to make an official statement to an organization about something, especially as a way of complaining :

We are making representations to the relevant authorities about this unprofessional behaviour.

(Definition of “representation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)