reputation

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noun rep·u·ta·tion \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of reputation

1 a :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

reputational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of reputation in a Sentence

  1. He has earned a reputation as a first-class playwright.

  2. a teacher with a reputation for patience

  3. Poor customer service has ruined the company's reputation.

Recent Examples of reputation from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of reputation

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



REPUTATION Defined for English Language Learners

reputation

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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

reputation

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noun rep·u·ta·tion \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən \

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.


Law Dictionary

reputation

noun rep·u·ta·tion

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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