representative Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “representative” in the English Dictionary

"representative" in British English

See all translations

representativenoun [C]

uk   /ˌrep.rɪˈzen.tə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ə.t̬ɪv/
B2 someone who ​speaks or does something ​officially for another ​person or ​group of ​people: The ​firm has representatives in every ​majorcity.Representative someone who has been ​elected to the US House of Representatives
More examples

representativeadjective

uk   /ˌrep.rɪˈzen.tə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ə.t̬ɪv/

representative adjective (TYPICAL)

typical of, or the same as, ​others in a ​largergroup of ​people or things: Are ​yourviews/​opinions representative of all the ​workers here? a representative sample/​cross-section/​selection

representative adjective (ACTING FOR)

A representative ​system of ​government is one in which ​peoplevote for ​politicians to ​represent them.
(Definition of representative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"representative" in American English

See all translations

representativenoun [C]

 us   /ˌrep·rɪˈzen·tə·t̬ɪv/
politics & government (also Representative) (abbreviation Rep.) a ​member of the US ​House of Representatives; a congressman or congresswoman

representative noun [C] (ACT FOR)

a ​person who ​represents another ​person or a ​group: The ​company has representatives in most ​Europeancapitals. politics & government A representative is also a ​member of a law-making ​group.

representativeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌrep·rɪˈzen·tə·t̬ɪv/

representative adjective [not gradable] (DESCRIBE)

serving to ​describe, esp. a ​largergroup of the same ​type: A good ​politicalpoll is ​based on a representative ​sampling of ​voters.
(Definition of representative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"representative" in Business English

See all translations

representativenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv/
(also sales representative, also informal rep) COMMERCE someone whose ​job is to ​sell a company's ​products or ​services, especially by visiting or ​phoningcustomers: We'll ​increase our ​team of representatives to ​helpmeetsalestargets. All ​shops are visited ​regularly by one of our ​sales representatives.
a ​person who is chosen to speak or ​act for other ​people: Staff have been ​invited to elect a representative to ​attendmanagementmeetings. A representative of the ​oilcompany made a ​pressstatement.

representativeadjective

uk   us   /ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv/
typical of a large ​group of ​people or things: How representative are the views of these ​customers? representative of sth These remarks are not representative of the views of ​management.
a representative sample (of sth) MARKETING a ​smallgroup that contains the same mixture of ​people or things that is ​found in a bigger ​group, so that it is able to ​provide useful ​information about the bigger ​group : The ​survey was ​sent to a representative ​sample of US ​households.
(Definition of representative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of representative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More