reputation

noun
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

Synonyms

character, fame, mark, name, note, odor, rep [slang], 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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Casseroles have a reputation for being kind of old-school, but they couldn't be better designed for our modern world. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "19 Make-Ahead Casseroles That Will Save You When It's Cold Out," 23 Jan. 2019 That Anker has a reputation for building these kinds of things to last helps, and the device comes with an 18-month warranty. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Front-loading washers have a reputation for building up mold, but wiping down the door and airing them out often makes all the difference. Jourdan Fairchild, House Beautiful, "The $400 Makeover That Actually Makes Me Look Forward To Doing Laundry," 6 Oct. 2018 The drug has a reputation for delivering powerful results when nothing else works. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Woman Shares Before-and-After Photos to Show How Accutane Transformed Her Skin," 27 Sep. 2018 Jared Soares Jared Soares Though architecture has a reputation for austerity, Mustonen and Arsham join a line of modern practitioners who’ve found that emphasizing play makes for more engaging design. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Peregrine AdventuresPeregrine Adventures has a reputation for being eco-friendly, and bolstered it by banning unnecessary single-use plastics (straws, cups, etc.) on all their exclusive charter adventure cruises. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "All of the Travel Companies and Places Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics," 13 July 2018 Yet Mr Neumann, a veteran of the Israeli navy, also has a reputation for being an intense and demanding businessman. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 The designers behind the Dolce & Gabbana label have a reputation for getting mired in controversy. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Ashley Graham, Naomi Campbell Criticized for Walking Dolce & Gabbana Show After Selena Gomez Diss," 9 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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reputation

noun

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

reputation

noun
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

reputation

noun
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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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