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

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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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From a viewer's perspective, her success is immensely satisfying—both for her undeniable talent, and her reputation as a genuinely good person. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Is the Latest British Star to Make it Stateside," 3 Jan. 2019 Indeed, sleep experts say alcohol, despite its reputation as a sedative, has a negative effect on sleep quality. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dry January Effect," 1 Jan. 2019 But for all his reflection on the zero-tolerance policy, Kelly’s own role in the fiasco will follow his reputation. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "John Kelly’s exit interview lifts the curtain on the chaos within the Trump White House," 30 Dec. 2018 Keen has built his reputation on making the most solid and fun-to-use skating equipment available. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Big Air For a Higher Purpose," 6 Dec. 2018 To many black Americans, the Willie Horton ad is an indelible stain on his reputation. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "George H.W. Bush’s legacy on racial issues is complicated," 5 Dec. 2018 The lawyers warned that could hurt the company’s business standing and brand reputation in a market that accounts for a fifth of Apple’s total sales. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Apple Pushes Out Software Update to Avoid China iPhone Ban," 19 Dec. 2018 After that, Marshall’s professional reputation took off. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Penny Marshall’s groundbreaking directing career, explained in 3 movies," 18 Dec. 2018 The vote confirms May’s reputation as a dogged, determined political survivor. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "UK’s May wins no-confidence vote by MPs unhappy over Brexit," 12 Dec. 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

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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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