: overall quality or character as judged by people in general <The car has a good reputation.>
: notice by other people of some quality or ability <… the house had a reputation for being haunted. — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>
Word Root of REPUTATION
The Latin word putāre, meaning “to think,” gives us the root put. Words from the Latin putāre have something to do with thinking. A reputation is what other people think about something or someone. To compute is to use math to think about a bunch of numbers together in order to answer a problem. To dispute is to argue because two or more people think different things.