reputation

noun
rep·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce reputation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce reputational (audio) , -​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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Thanks to its central location, its reputation for manufacturing and an abundant supply of sulfur trioxide in the area, Ohio was the perfect location for Morrisoe to begin implementing his vision of scaling up his chemical company. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "STEM and non-STEM employees alike power Pilot Chemical Company," 7 June 2019 My reputation and appearance are not all that have gone to the dogs. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Animal House — part 2: Basic training can make unruly dogs fit for home life," 6 June 2019 For the most part, Silver has earned his reputation as a decidedly pro-player commissioner. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NBA commissioner Adam Silver blew it with soft penalty for Warriors' minority owner," 6 June 2019 Neymar, who has signed lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, McDonald’s, Gillette and other major brands, is undoubtedly mindful that maintaining his reputation and marketability is integral to preserving those deals. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Neymar's Social Media Response, Geography Add Layers to Rape Accusation," 4 June 2019 My reputation and appearance are not all that have gone to the dogs. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "A home gone to the dogs," 4 June 2019 Ashtanga is a style of yoga that links breath to movement, similar to a vinyasa flow class, but is faster-moving, more specifically structured, and has earned a reputation for being somewhat intense. Hannah Chenoweth, SELF, "The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels I Discovered While Practicing Yoga at Home for 6 Years," 5 May 2019 Getty Images In her short time as a royal, Meghan Markle has earned a reputation for having a killer work ethic. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's U.S. Tour," 17 Dec. 2018 Olsen is joining Uber at a time when its reputation is still fragile in the wake of multiple scandals over the last year and a half. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber hires NSA veteran to head up its security team," 14 Aug. 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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The first known use of reputation was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce reputation (audio) \

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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