A representation acts or serves on behalf or in place of something. A lawyer provides legal representation for his client. A caricature is an exaggerated representation or likeness of a person.

Representation comes from the Latin repraesentare meaning "bring before, exhibit." A representation is an exhibit, whether it comes in the form of legal guidance or in the form of artistic expression. The act of representation has to do with replacing or acting on behalf of an original. Elected officials serve as the representation for their constituency — or at least it's supposed to work that way.

Primary Meanings of representation

the act of representing; standing in for someone or some group and speaking with authority in their behalf
a factual statement made by one party in order to induce another party to enter into a contract
the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
Full Definitions of representation

n the act of representing; standing in for someone or some group and speaking with authority in their behalf

proportional representation
representation of all parties in proportion to their popular vote
Type of:
joint operation or action

n a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

internal representation, mental representation
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convergence, intersection, overlap
a representation of common ground between theories or phenomena
a representation of an idea in the form of an instance of it
a person or thing represented or foreshadowed by a type or symbol; especially a figure in the Old Testament having a counterpart in the New Testament
a conventional or formulaic conception or image
schema, scheme
an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world
image, mental image
an iconic mental representation
interpretation, reading, version
a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
a constantly changing medley of real or imagined images (as in a dream)
the mental representation of sexual activities
percept, perception, perceptual experience
the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
something that is remembered
example, model
a representative form or pattern
a mental representation
blur, fuzz
a hazy or indistinct representation
abstractionism, unrealism
a representation having no reference to concrete objects or specific examples
concrete representation, concretism
a representation of an abstract idea in concrete terms
a mental impression retained and recalled from the past
a point where a choice must be made
the overlap where two theories or phenomena affect each other or have links with each other
imagination image, thought-image
a mental image produced by the imagination
a new or different meaning
a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
visual image, visual percept
a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system
something recalled to the mind
engram, memory trace
a postulated biochemical change (presumably in neural tissue) that represents a memory
(psychiatry) a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered
screen memory
an imagined memory of a childhood experience; hides another memory of distressing significance
memory image
a mental image of something previously experienced
visual image, visualisation, visualization
a mental image that is similar to a visual perception
impression, mental picture, picture
a clear and telling mental image
auditory image
a mental image that is similar to an auditory perception
loadstar, lodestar
something that serves as a model or guide
epitome, image, paradigm, prototype
a standard or typical example
holotype, type specimen
the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made
a miniature model of something
archetype, original, pilot
something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
guide, template, templet
a model or standard for making comparisons
an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come
illusion, semblance
an erroneous mental representation
3-D, 3D, three-D
having a three-dimensional form or appearance
the outward appearance of a person
embodiment, shape
a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
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cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent

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model, modeling, modelling
the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)
dramatisation, dramatization
a dramatic representation
pageant, pageantry
an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
representing figuratively as by emblem or allegory
diagramming, schematisation, schematization
providing a chart or outline of a system
pictorial representation, picturing
visual representation as by photography or painting
the act of representing by a type or symbol; the action of typifying
the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training)
guerrilla theater, street theater
dramatization of a social issue; enacted outside in a park or on the street
a stilted dramatic performance (as if by puppets)
symbolising, symbolizing
the act of representing something with a symbol
delineation, depiction, portrayal
representation by drawing or painting etc
imaging, tomography
(medicine) obtaining pictures of the interior of the body
photography, picture taking
the act of taking and printing photographs
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any specific behavior

n a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

Trojan Horse
a large hollow wooden figure of a horse (filled with Greek soldiers) left by the Greeks outside Troy during the Trojan War
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a sketchy or imperfect or faint representation
a graphical representation of a person's auditory sensitivity to sound
a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
a representation of the earth or the heavens
a representation of Christ's nativity in the stable at Bethlehem
cutaway, cutaway drawing, cutaway model
a representation (drawing or model) of something in which the outside is omitted to reveal the inner parts
display, presentation
a visual representation of something
anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks
a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
ecce homo
a representation (a picture or sculpture) of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns
effigy, image, simulacrum
a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
a visual representation (a picture or diagram) that is used make some subject more pleasing or easier to understand
a diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface (or part of it)
model, simulation
representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
nomogram, nomograph
a graphic representation of numerical relations
a concrete representation of an abstract idea or principle
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
icon, ikon, image, picture
a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Jesus
the representation of a figure or solid on a plane as it would look from a particular direction
representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
set, stage set
representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
Station of the Cross
a representation of any of the 14 stages in Christ's journey to Calvary
anamorphism, anamorphosis
a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner
a photograph of a muscular man in minimal attire
bitmap, electronic image
an image represented as a two dimensional array of brightness values for pixels
black and white, monochrome
a black-and-white photograph or slide
photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.
carbon, carbon copy
a copy made with carbon paper
cast, casting
object formed by a mold
a drawing made with a stick of black carbon material
a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea
a photograph of an attractive woman in minimal attire
a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
choropleth map
a map that uses graded differences in shading or color or the placing of symbols inside defined areas on the map in order to indicate the average values of some property or quantity in those areas
a photograph taken at close range
collage, montage
a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image
contour map, relief map
a map having contour lines through points of equal elevation
a photograph made by an early photographic process; the image was produced on a silver plate sensitized to iodine and developed in mercury vapor
delineation, depiction, limning, line drawing
a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
a drawing intended to explain how something works; a drawing showing the relation between the parts
duplicate, duplication
a copy that corresponds to an original exactly
blowup, enlargement, magnification
a photographic print that has been enlarged
autotype, facsimile
an exact copy or reproduction
a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
foil, transparency
picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper
computer graphic, graphic
an image that is generated by a computer
an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
a photograph of a person's head
hologram, holograph
the intermediate photograph (or photographic record) that contains information for reproducing a three-dimensional image by holography
the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject
god, graven image, idol
a material effigy that is worshipped
something copied or derived from an original
a small picture inserted within the bounds or a larger one
clone, knockoff
an unauthorized copy or imitation
likeness, semblance
picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
a photograph taken from a distance
map projection
a projection of the globe onto a flat map using a grid of lines of latitude and longitude
mechanical drawing
scale drawing of a machine or architectural plan etc,
photograph reduced to the size of a dot (usually for purposes of security)
miniature, toy
a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
full-scale working model of something built for study or testing or display
slightly modified copy; not an exact copy
arial mosaic, mosaic, photomosaic
arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
mug shot, mugshot
a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)
cyclorama, diorama, panorama
a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
a drawing executed with pen and ink
a photographic copy of written or printed or graphic work
photographic print, print
a printed picture produced from a photographic negative
a photograph taken with the help of a microscope
architectural plan, plan
scale drawing of a structure
an apparatus or model for representing the solar systems
a map showing planned or actual features of an area (streets and building lots etc.)
a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper)
a copy of a movie on film (especially a particular version of it)
any four copies; any of four things that correspond to one another exactly
radiogram, radiograph, shadowgraph, skiagram, skiagraph
a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.
reflection, reflexion
the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)
perspective drawing of an architect's design
replica, replication, reproduction
copy that is not the original; something that has been copied
road map
a map showing roads (for automobile travel)
a rough preliminary model
CAT scan, scan
an image produced by scanning
bird-scarer, scarecrow, scarer, straw man, strawman
an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
scene, scenery
the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale
doodle, scrabble, scribble
an aimless drawing
a drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color
a drawing made on specially prepared paper with an instrument having a silver tip (15th and 16th centuries)
sketch, study
preliminary drawing for later elaboration
sketch map
a map drawn from observation (rather than from exact measurements) and representing the main features of an area
shot, snap, snapshot
an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
Snellen chart
display consisting of a printed card with letters and numbers in lines of decreasing size; used to test visual acuity
echogram, sonogram
an image of a structure that is produced by ultrasonography (reflections of high-frequency sound waves); used to observe fetal growth or to study bodily organs
an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
spectrogram, spectrograph
a photographic record of a spectrum
stereo, stereoscopic photograph, stereoscopic picture
two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together
stick figure
drawing of a human or animal that represents the head by a circle and the rest of the body by straight lines
a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)
telephoto, telephotograph
a photograph made with a telephoto lens
a photograph transmitted and reproduced over a distance
time exposure
a photograph produced with a relatively long exposure time
trace, tracing
a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
one of three copies; any of three things that correspond to one another exactly
a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
wax figure, waxwork
an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax
weather chart, weather map
(meteorology) a map showing the principal meteorological elements at a given time and over an extended region
wedding picture
photographs of bride and groom and their friends taken at their wedding
xerox, xerox copy
a copy made by a xerographic printer
scene, shot
a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
letter, missive
a written message addressed to a person or organization
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an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone

n a performance of a play

histrionics, theatrical, theatrical performance
a theatrical performance held during the daytime (especially in the afternoon)
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performance, public presentation
a dramatic or musical entertainment

n a factual statement made by one party in order to induce another party to enter into a contract

“the sales contract contains several representations by the vendor”
Type of:
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n a statement of facts and reasons made in appealing or protesting

“certain representations were made concerning police brutality”
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a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent

agency, delegacy
free agency
(sports) the state of a professional athlete who is free to negotiate a contract to play for any team
legal representation
personal representation that has legal status
a harmful or corrupting agency
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n the right of being represented by delegates who have a voice in some legislative body

Type of:
an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

n a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency

“a Congressional vacancy occurred in the representation from California”
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a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

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