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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reputational \ ˌre-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce reputation (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 In today’s digital landscape, your reputation is everything. Yec, Forbes, "Four Powerful Ways To Build Your Brand Reputation," 1 Mar. 2021 Hargrove filed a claim against the city of San Diego and Elliott in October alleging that his reputation was wrongly tarnished. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mystery over ‘Footnote 15' resurfaces in new documents released by San Diego City Hall," 28 Feb. 2021 Their reputation for honesty and fairness is beyond reproach. New York Times, "The Dispossession of André Leon Talley," 24 Feb. 2021 Her reputation had been fragile before the necklace went missing, but now it was being dragged through the dirt. Tori Telfer,, "The Sordid Tale Of The Woman Who Scammed Marie-Antoinette," 24 Feb. 2021 Before the hit-and-run, his reputation for doing things the right way was unimpeachable. Scott Tobias, Vulture, "Your Honor Recap: Dead Line," 31 Jan. 2021 What all of this does for Caligula's reputation is an open question. Star Tribune, "Caligula's garden of delights, unearthed and restored," 14 Jan. 2021 Asked what explanation Cole gave for giving her up, Clarke said her famous grandfather's reputation was part of it. CBS News, "Nat King Cole's long-lost granddaughter opens up about discovering her famous family, biological parents," 24 Dec. 2020 While the theorists' intentions may have been pure, their fervour sensationalised the disappearance of Lam — and the hotel's eerie reputation — further. Shannon Carlin,, "The Uncomfortable History Behind The Viral Video From Netflix’s The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel," 15 Feb. 2021

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Reputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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