Definition of overrepresent in US English:

overrepresent

verb

[with object]
  • 1Include a disproportionately large number of (a particular category or type of person), as in a statistical study.

    • ‘The result is to grossly over-represent smaller states, which are entitled to two senators and one representative, for a total of three electoral votes, no matter how small their population.’
    • ‘This opens the door to various forms of strategic behavior, including the attempt by A to over-represent its net marginal benefit and by B to over-represent the marginal damage it incurs.’
    • ‘It over-represents its smaller member states in a way that, say, the United Nations or WTO never could.’
    • ‘This distribution over-represents pre-registration house officers, who make up 10% of the trainee population.’
    • ‘While some said Aboriginal youth were greatly over-represented considering the percentage of Aboriginal people in the general population, they found it hard to believe their involvement could be anywhere near 90 per cent.’
    • ‘It over-represents the status quo, the ideological middle, and the wealthy, and leaves everyone else unrepresented.’
    • ‘He commented that an effort is made not to over-represent a particular demographic, but that it is true that ‘many notes are from people that are downtrodden or disenfranchised.’’
    • ‘It is interesting that political sympathies did not lead the editors to over-represent women or minorities among their biographical subjects.’
    • ‘Such biostratinomic overprinting is difficult to quantify because the effect of such washing can over-represent the smaller elements in one sample and under-represent them in another.’
    • ‘The LoC exhibit over-represents people; actually the majority of P-G's images feature landscapes, architecture and art treasures.’
    • ‘If anything, both groups tend to over-represent pitching (31 percent of all non-Negro League and non-player selections), while significantly under-representing third basemen (five percent).’
    • ‘Our focus on STI clinic patients likely biased the study results by over-representing men and women who engage in considerable risk behaviors and are at some of the highest risks for HIV infection.’
    • ‘His work is probably over-represented in the exhibition.’
    • ‘So in this class the Coalition is over-represented by 7.4 per cent.’
    • ‘You can have a form of internal deception where the maternal side is over-representing maternal interests which the paternal side is discounting, and vice versa.’
    • ‘Despite liberal access to subfertility treatment in Belgium, including partial reimbursement, we cannot be sure that women of higher social classes were not over-represented in the subfertility group.’
    • ‘Any superficial inventory of a habitat is likely to over-represent the frequent species.’
    • ‘With the results of the 1980 referendum, he maintained that the gender gap in support for sovereignty was a consequence of women being over-represented in certain socio-economic categories.’
    • ‘Most of the participants in over half of the studies in our systematic review were African-American or Hispanic, thus over-representing lower socioeconomic groups.’
    • ‘In a large meta-analysis involving 150 studies and 100,000 participants, in 14 out of 16 categories of risk-taking, men were over-represented.’
    1. 1.1be overrepresented Form a disproportionately large percentage.
      ‘they are relatively overrepresented in semiskilled occupations’
      • ‘A positive effect indicates that bridegrooms from that denomination are over-represented within a social class, whereas a negative effect indicates an under-representation.’
      • ‘In proportion to its numbers in society, the white-collar category was over-represented in the party; it was about 30 per cent of the total in 1917, 70 per cent in 1941.’
      • ‘Finally, the data suggest that, compared to other Australian bus categories, shuttle or mini-buses were over-represented in fatal collisions and those resulting in injuries.’
      • ‘African-American women who are addicted to illicit substances are disproportionately over-represented in jails, prisons, and treatment programs.’
      • ‘And Hispanics are a little over-represented, 11 percent of the deaths versus 9 percent of the total face.’
      • ‘Women are over-represented in flexible forms of employment in both advanced industrial societies and the developing world.’
      • ‘Chinese are over-represented in professional, technical, administrative, and managerial jobs, whereas Malays are the most underrepresented in highly skilled jobs, with Indians in the middle.’
      • ‘However, although more women are undertaking non-traditional degrees, they continue to be under-represented in the degrees expected to lead to higher paying occupations, and over-represented in those expected to be lower paying.’
      • ‘The working class is under-represented in the membership, and the professional middle class is over-represented.’
      • ‘Table 6 tells us that, based upon this sample of occupations, immigrants make up a small share of employment in occupations that are growing rapidly and are over-represented in occupations that are labor intensive.’
      • ‘Men are slightly over-represented in this cluster.’
      • ‘African Americans were over-represented in the asthmatic group 13.5%, while comprising only 9.8% of non asthmatics.’
      • ‘Nulliparous women were statistically over-represented in those delivering at 41 and 42 weeks.’
      • ‘Maori make up just under 15% of the New Zealand population but are heavily over-represented in convictions statistics.’
      • ‘Adults who are severely mentally ill are over-represented in U.S. jails and prisons, leading to an interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems.’
      • ‘And in these economic categories, women and people of colour are vastly over-represented.’
      • ‘The steelworkers and construction trades, for example, were notoriously exclusionary, while the Longshoremen had a tradition of integrated shop floors, as blacks tended to be over-represented among the riverine trades.’
      • ‘Managerial and middle-class occupations are over-represented in its ranks, while the working class is proportionately under-represented.’
      • ‘However, as with health statistics in other countries, lower socioeconomic and minority groups are over-represented in depression-related admissions to inpatient mental health settings, and suicide rates in New Zealand.’
      • ‘Those aged under 35 were also over-represented in not considering the decision important, which should be of some concern to policymakers who are trying to stress the importance of starting retirement saving early in life.’

Pronunciation

overrepresent

/ōvərˌreprəˈzent/