representative Definition

  • 1a person chosen or appointed to act or speak for others
  • 2typical of a particular group of people or of a thing

Using representative: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "representative" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The union representative met with the management to discuss the workers' demands.

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    The company hired a representative to promote their products in the new market.

  • Example

    This painting is representative of the artist's early style.

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    The survey was conducted on a representative sample of the population.

representative Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with representative

  • a form of government in which people elect representatives to make decisions on their behalf


    The United States is a representative democracy.

  • an office established by a company or organization in a foreign country to represent its interests


    The bank opened a representative office in Tokyo to expand its business in Japan.

  • a person or organization appointed by the Social Security Administration to manage the benefits of someone who is unable to do so


    The representative payee is responsible for using the benefits to meet the needs of the beneficiary.

Origins of representative

from Old French 'reprezentatif', from medieval Latin 'representativus'


Summary: representative in Brief

The term 'representative' [ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv] refers to a person acting or speaking on behalf of others, or something typical of a group or thing. It can be used as a noun or an adjective, and has synonyms like 'delegate' and 'typical.' Examples include 'The union representative met with the management,' and 'This painting is representative of the artist's early style.'

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