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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web A decade ago, Toyota Motor Corp ’s strong reputation for safety was dented following high-profile accusations of unintended acceleration, which led to the auto maker recalling millions of vehicles. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Unintended-Acceleration Claims to be Reviewed by U.S. Regulators," 17 Jan. 2020 Oregon is known for an outdoorsy brand of fitness, and new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests this reputation goes beyond an affinity for the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. oregonlive, "Oregon ranks among the most active states in the country," 17 Jan. 2020 The problem goes much deeper, according to scientists working to rescue Russia’s declining international research reputation. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Putin wanted Russian science to top the world. Then a huge academic scandal blew up.," 17 Jan. 2020 Family businesses form the backbone of the industry, and reputations are bequeathed and inherited. Barak Richman, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Manhattan’s Diamond District Continues To Operate Like an Old World Bazaar," 16 Jan. 2020 But doing so could further tarnish the country's reputation as the world's biggest democracy. Manveena Suri, CNN, "Protests and a weakening economy spell a rocky road ahead for India's Narendra Modi," 16 Jan. 2020 As CrossFit ballooned into an international sensation, an undercurrent of negative press dampened its reputation. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 Depending on the severity of a cybercrime, a government or public body may force a company into a public reporting cycle, unintentionally triggering class actions and derivative lawsuits as well as damage to an organization’s public reputation. Rahul Kashyap, Quartz, "The hack back bill legitimizes a messy game of revenge for businesses," 15 Jan. 2020 In a victim impact statement to the court, UW System Board of Regents President Andrew Petersen wrote the scandal harmed the university's reputation and affected the its accreditation status. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former UW-Oshkosh administrators fined $75,500 in felony misconduct case," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Reputation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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


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



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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