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"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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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/
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)
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