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Etymology 1Edit

From Late Middle English representacioun, from Old French representacion, from Latin repraesentatio. By surface analysis, represent +‎ -ation.

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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • IPA(key): /ˌɹɛp.ɹə.zɛn.ˈteɪ.ʃən/
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representation (countable and uncountable, plural representations)

  1. That which represents something else.
    The Venus of Willendorf was an early representation of the female body.
    • 2012 October 8, Daniel W. Patterson, The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry[1], UNC Press Books, →ISBN, page 141:
      The second and third quarters of the shield are indecipherable on the stone but clearer in two other representations of the arms, a painted wooden funeral hatchment for Mary Davie []
  2. The act of representing.
    We are no longer happy with your representation of our company at trade events.
    • 2022 January 12, Paul Stephen, “Network News: Vere admits to Lords: IRP lacks information”, in RAIL, number 948, page 11:
      That's according to a report published in The Guardian on New Year's Eve in which several regional leaders, including Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, were highly critical of the apparent lack of northern representation in the decision-making process.
  1. (law) The lawyers and staff who argue on behalf of another in court.
    People who cannot afford representation are eligible for government assistance.
  2. (politics) The ability to elect a representative to speak on one's behalf in government; the role of this representative in government.
    The lack of representation in the British parliament was one of the main factors behind the American Revolution.
  3. (mathematics) An object that describes an abstract group in terms of linear transformations of vector spaces; (more formally) a homomorphism from a group on a vector space to the general linear group (group of all bijective linear transformations) on the space.
  4. A figure, image or idea that substitutes reality.
  5. A theatrical performance.
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Etymology 2Edit

re- +‎ presentation.

Alternative formsEdit


  • IPA(key): /ˌɹiː.pɹə.zɛn.ˈteɪ.ʃən/


representation (plural representations)

  1. (medicine) An act of representing, i.e. presenting again.
    rates of representation to the emergency department