Representative definition

rĕprĭ-zĕntə-tĭv
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Representing, depicting, or portraying or able to do so.
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Authorized to act as an official delegate or agent.
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The definition of a representative is a person or thing that is an example or someone who is authorized to speak for someone else.

An example of representative is the picture of the olive on the can that shows the size of the olives in the can.

An example of representative is a student sent from each grade to be part of Student Council.

An example of representative is the person send to Congress to represent a specific group of U.S. residents.

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One who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotiation.

I will send a representative to work out the details of the contract.

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One that is taken as typical of its class.
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A member of the lower house of Congress (House of Representatives) or of a state legislature.
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(US, politics) A member of the US House of Representatives.

All representatives face re-election every two years.

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A member of a governmental body, usually legislative, chosen by popular vote.
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A member of the US House of Representatives or of the lower house of a state legislature.
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Like or typical of others of the same class.
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Representing or serving to represent.
  • Picturing; portraying; reproducing.
  • Acting or speaking, esp. by due authority, in the place or on behalf of another or others; esp., serving as a delegate in a legislative assembly.
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A member of a legislative or governing body who represents a constituency.

She served four terms as representative of her local at the national union convention.

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Representative is defined as standing or acting for other(s).

An example of representative is a person who fills in for a sick manager.

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One that serves as an example or type for others of the same classification.
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Of or characteristic of government by representation.
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Composed of persons duly authorized, as by election, to act and speak for others.

A representative assembly.

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A person duly authorized to act or speak for another or others.
  • A member of a legislative assembly.
  • A salesperson or agent for a business firm.
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Agent; someone who is authorized to act in place of and on behalf of someone else, by that other person for some special purpose. A representative is entitled to certain rights based upon her or his status, including the right to bargain on behalf of employees, or to discovery of trial preparation materials. See also personal representative and registered representative.
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Typical; having the same properties of interest as a larger group.

Are you sure this paper is representative of your child's writing?

If you took all the fools out of the legislature, it wouldn't be a representative body anymore. "” Texas State Senator Carl Parker.

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Being an example or type of a certain class or kind of thing; typical.

A building representative of modern architecture.

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One that serves as a delegate or agent for another.
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A person or thing enough like the others in its class or kind to serve as an example or type.
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Of, characterized by, or based on representation of the people by elected delegates.

Representative government.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
representative
Plural:
representatives

Origin of representative

  • From Old French representatif.

    From Wiktionary