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"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 ​Europeancapitals. 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 ​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 British English

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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

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representativeadjective

uk   /ˌrep.rɪˈzen.tə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ə.t̬ɪv/
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"representative" in Business English

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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)
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