representative ( representatives plural )
1 n-count A representative is a person who has been chosen to act or make decisions on behalf of another person or a group of people.
...trade union representatives...
2 n-count A representative is a person whose job is to sell a company's products or services, especially by travelling round and visiting other companies.
FORMAL usu with supp
She had a stressful job as a sales representative.
3 adj A representative group consists of a small number of people who have been chosen to make decisions on behalf of a larger group.
The new head of state should be chosen by an 87 member representative council.
4 adj Someone who is typical of the group to which they belong can be described as representative.
oft ADJ of n
He was in no way representative of dog-trainers in general.
...a process designed to ensure the representativeness of the sample interviewed.
5 n-count In the United States, a Representative is a member of the House of Representatives, the less powerful of the two parts of Congress.
House of Representatives
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