rep·u·ta·tion | \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of reputation 

1a : overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general

b : recognition by other people of some characteristic or ability has the reputation of being clever

2 : a place in public esteem or regard : good name trying to protect his reputation

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Other words from reputation

reputational \ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for reputation


character, fame, mark, name, note, odor, report, repute

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Examples of reputation in a Sentence

He has earned a reputation as a first-class playwright. a teacher with a reputation for patience Poor customer service has ruined the company's reputation.
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In the balance will hang not just his reputation as a physician and writer, but perhaps the highest-profile effort to date to leverage the private sector to fix America’s fragmented and dysfunctional health care system. Casey Ross, STAT, "As Atul Gawande steps into a risky health CEO role, here are five challenges he faces," 9 July 2018 Yes, Spacey — who is worth tens of millions after a long and lucrative Hollywood career — might have lost his reputation in the fallout., "It Took A Woman President To Save American Jobs On House Of Cards," 7 July 2018 Some view the company as hypocritical for burdening taxpayers with the lion’s share of the cleanup bill, given the family’s reputation as fiscal conservatives and critical of government spending. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Cleanups at Pence family's failed gas stations costing taxpayers millions: report," 14 July 2018 That also does not serve American national interests or even Trump’s reputation. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Will it be ‘happy talk’ — or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues?," 13 July 2018 Schnatter has long been the face of the brand, appearing in TV ads for Papa John's, and the company has noted in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. Candace Choi,, "Papa John's to pull founder from marketing after racial slur reports," 13 July 2018 In keeping with Central Indiana’s reputation as the racing capital of the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway capably fulfill any visitor’s need for speed with world-renowned auto racing activities and competitions. Shelley Specchio, Indianapolis Star, "Discovering Indianapolis’ vibrant neighborhoods: Hendricks County," 13 July 2018 Schnatter has long been the face of the brand, and the company has acknowledged in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. Candice Choi, USA TODAY, "Papa John's to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing over racial slur," 13 July 2018 Papa John's has noted in regulatory filings that its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. Candice Choi,, "Papa John is gone, but his image is still entwined with pizza chain," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of reputation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reputation

Middle English reputacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin reputation-, reputatio consideration, from reputare

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English Language Learners Definition of reputation

: the common opinion that people have about someone or something : the way in which people think of someone or something


rep·u·ta·tion | \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of reputation

1 : overall quality or character as judged by people in general The car has a good reputation.

2 : notice by other people of some quality or ability … the house had a reputation for being haunted. —Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time



Legal Definition of reputation 

: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general within a community — see also character evidence at evidence, reputation testimony at testimony

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