From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishreprep /rep/ noun 1 [countable] informalBB a sales representative2 [countable]BBC someone who speaks officially for a company, organization, or group of people SYN representativestaff/union/company etc rep You need to speak to the students’ rep. Safety reps have the right to stop the job when workers are in danger.3 [countable] American English a representative4 [countable, uncountable]APT repertory, or a repertory theatre or company Most actors start off in rep.5 [countable] American English spokenP a reputation6 [countable] one exercise that you do in a series of exercises SYN repetition Do 15 reps of each exercise.
Examples from the Corpusrep• Coincidentally they received a phone call from a double glazing company to see if a rep could call round.• In addition, three Askews' reps will combine forces with Chivers' force of two, to represent Chivers to libraries.• Williams has a bad rep, both on and off the field.• MTV reps confirmed that the station will not show the video.• I had lots of new reps and I wanted them to be successful.• Fox was one of two player reps who voted against the collective bargaining agreement.• When I called the sales rep said it hadn't been dispatched.• It's probably due to all those sales reps in their Sierras and Cavaliers.• I go through the reps to do that.• It gives me credibility with the reps.staff/union/company etc rep• Now, I knew staff reps who were as good as lawyers, who could hold their own in a court.• Are local officers, or staff reps, really capable of collective bargaining?• Keith is the union rep in the school.• When union reps sought an 8-cent increase, they and hundreds of other workers were sacked.Rep.Rep.1 the written abbreviation of Representative, used before names Rep. Bud Shuster2 the written abbreviation of RepublicanFrom Longman Business Dictionaryreprep /rep/ noun [countable] informal1JOBMARKETINGsomeone employed to sell a company’s products or services by meeting customers or talking to them on the phoneSYNREPRESENTATIVEWe needed more sales reps on the road to compete with the big boys.2someone who speaks officially for a group of people, company etcSYNREPRESENTATIVEHe’d had a chat with his union rep and was told not to worry.Origin rep 1. (1800-1900) representative2. (1900-2000) repertory3. (1700-1800) reputation4. (1900-2000) repetition