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
Such are the hazards of heading the elite counter-terror force in a steamy metropolis of 20m with a reputation as the most dangerous city in Asia.
McCain's family, fellow members of Congress, statesmen and supporters immediately took to Twitter to express shock, prayers and many appeals to his tough reputation.
In other words, New York is really living up to its reputation as the city that never sleeps.
McCain’s family, fellow members of Congress, statesmen and supporters immediately took to Twitter to express shock, prayers and many appeals to his tough reputation.
Large, active funds bearish even as ETF assets rise to record Silver is a turbulent market, with prices down 12% in 3 months Silver, known for being a market of extremes, is living up to its reputation this year.
PORTLAND — This city is well-known as tree-hugging and outdoorsy, but the river that powers through its downtown has never been part of that green reputation.
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.
Kaech and Shadel said they were attracted to the Salk Institute not only because of its reputation as a center of basic research, but by the scientific community in San Diego as a whole.
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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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