WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
rep•re•sent•a•tive /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person or thing that represents another or others.
  2. Governmenta person who represents a certain group of people or a community in a law-making body, esp. a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or of the lower house in certain state legislatures.
  3. a typical example of something:thought of him as a representative of the modern executive.

  1. serving to represent;
    including typical members of a certain population:a representative group to see the mayor.
  2. Government of, characterized by, or based on representation of the people in government:[before a noun]a representative democracy.
  3. being a typical example of a group or kind;
    typical:Is this painting representative of your work?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
rep•re•sent•a•tive  (rep′ri zentə tiv),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that represents another or others.
  2. an agent or deputy:a legal representative.
  3. Governmenta person who represents a constituency or community in a legislative body, esp. a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or a lower house in certain state legislatures.
  4. a typical example or specimen of a group, quality, or kind.

  1. serving to represent;
  2. standing or acting for another or others.
  3. Governmentmade up of representatives:a representative assembly.
  4. Governmentof or pertaining to a system of governance by chosen representatives, usually elected from among a large group:representative government.
  5. exemplifying a group or kind;
    typical:a representative selection of Elizabethan plays.
  6. corresponding to or replacing some other species or the like, as in a different locality.
  7. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of representationalism.
  8. pertaining to or of the nature of a mental image or representation.
rep′re•senta•tive•ly, adv. 
rep′re•senta•tive•ness, n. 
  • Medieval Latin repraesentātīvus, equivalent. to repraesentāt(us) (see representation) + -īvus -ive
  • Middle English (adjective, adjectival) 1350–1400
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged symbolic, exemplary, typical, characteristic.

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representative /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv/ n
  1. a person or thing that represents another or others
  2. a person who represents and tries to sell the products or services of a firm, esp a travelling salesman
  3. a typical example
  4. a person representing a constituency in a deliberative, legislative, or executive body, esp (capital) a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of Congress)
    See also House of Representatives
  1. serving to represent; symbolic
  2. exemplifying a class or kind; typical
  3. containing or including examples of all the interests, types, etc, in a group
  4. acting as deputy or proxy for another or others
  5. acting for or representing a constituency or the whole people in the process of government: a representative council
  6. of, characterized by, or relating to the political principle of representation of the people: representative government
  7. of or relating to a mental picture or representation

ˌrepreˈsentatively adv ˌrepreˈsentativeness n

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Collocations: a representative of the [company, organization, government], a [company] representative, [consult, contact, ask] your legal representative, more...

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