Definition of reputation
1a : overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in generalb : 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
reputationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of reputation from the Web
From Michigan, GRiZ (real name Grant Kwiecinski) is also known as a vocal supporter of gay rights and his fans are highly organized and socially-conscious, with a reputation for charity.
Rea and Bowman had already developed a reputation statewide.
In the 1960s student activists pushed the administration at the University of California Berkeley to lift its ban on campus political advocacy, earning the school a reputation as the birthplace of the free speech movement.
The lab also has struggled to rebuild its reputation following a 2014 chemical reaction that stemmed from the inappropriately packaging a barrel of radioactive waste.
As the names and numbers changed with each model refined, tested, and produced, the plane's reputation grew.
Josh Jackson is likely to be KU’s third top-five NBA Draft pick in the last four years, which only will help a reputation that the program is constantly trying to build.
But the school's academic reputation proved to be just as big a draw for Lakstigala.
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Origin and Etymology of reputation
Middle English reputacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin reputation-, reputatio consideration, from reputare
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
REPUTATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reputation for English Language Learners
: the common opinion that people have about someone or something : the way in which people think of someone or something
REPUTATION Defined for Kids
Definition of reputation for Students
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
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.
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