Meaning of “representative” in the English Dictionary

"representative" in British English

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representativenoun [ C ]

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

B2 someone who speaks or does something officially for another person or group of people:

The firm has representatives in every major city.
Representative

someone who has been elected to the US House of Representatives

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  • A representative from the tour company will meet you at the check-in.
  • He visited China in his official capacity as America's trade representative.
  • We have representatives operating in most countries.
  • In order to increase the number of female representatives, the selection committee decided to discriminate in favour of women for three years.
  • We elected him as our representative.

representativeadjective

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

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

"representative" in American English

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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 European capitals.

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 larger group of the same type:

A good political poll is based on a representative sampling of voters.

(Definition of “representative” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"representative" in Business English

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representativenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv/ us

also sales representative, also informal rep COMMERCE someone whose job is to sell a company's products or services, especially by visiting or phoning customers:

We'll increase our team of representatives to help meet sales targets.
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 attend management meetings.
A representative of the oil company made a press statement.

representativeadjective

uk /ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv/ us

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 small group 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)