Meaning of REPRESENTATION in English

/ ˌreprɪzenˈteɪʃn; NAmE / noun


[ U , C ] the act of presenting sb/sth in a particular way; something that shows or describes sth

SYN portrayal :

the negative representation of single mothers in the media

The snake swallowing its tail is a representation of infinity.


[ U ] the fact of having representatives who will speak or vote for you or on your behalf :

The green movement lacks effective representation in Parliament.

The accused was not allowed legal representation.

—see also proportional representation


representations [ pl. ] ( formal , especially BrE ) formal statements made to sb in authority, especially in order to make your opinions known or to protest :

We have made representations to the prime minister, but without success.



late Middle English (in the sense image, likeness ): from Old French representation or Latin repraesentatio(n-) , from repraesentare bring before, exhibit, from re- (expressing intensive force) + praesentare to present.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.