Representative - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv|  American pronunciation of the word representative
Brit.  |rɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv|  British pronunciation of the word representative


- a person who represents others
- an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose (syn: interpreter, spokesperson, voice)
- a member of the United States House of Representatives (syn: congressman, congresswoman)
- an item of information that is typical of a class or group (syn: example, illustration, instance)


- serving to represent or typify
- being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives


The paintings are representative of English art in the early 19th century.

The students chosen for the survey are a fairly representative sample of college students from across the U.S.

Do you know who your representatives are?

The bill was introduced by Representative Smith.

a representative of her age group

The latest incident is representative of a wider trend.

The pollsters asked a representative sample of New York residents for their opinions.

an elected representative of the people

Detroit is a representative American city

Detroit is a representative American city.

The audience was representative of all creeds and political beliefs.

representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people

She was politically active as a volunteer for her state representative.

We looked at a representative sample of public schools.

Is this poll truly representative of the voters' intentions?

Word forms

singular: representative
plural: representatives
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