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 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 Undine, which had its premiere at Berlin last year, has accrued a reputation for being a minor Petzold effort, a lull after the powerhouse run of Barbara, Phoenix, and Transit. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Barkley has long had a reputation as a notoriously poor predictor. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 1 June 2021 Traditionally, human resources hasn’t had the best reputation with employees. Heidi Lynne Kurter, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The liberal reputation of Minneapolis shrouds historical disparities in income, education, and housing in a city where white residents make up 60% of the population of 440,000. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2021 Thus Multistradas’ reputation as trailer queens and service-bay vagrants. Dan Neil, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Three enhanced Coombs’ reputation at Florida’s expense. Stephen Means, cleveland, 6 May 2021 The New York congresswoman has long had a reputation as a moderate within her party and still touts her record of bipartisanship. Clare Foran And Lauren Fox, CNN, 5 May 2021 Mantua has had a reputation as a speed trap, even spurring a state senator in 2016 to introduce legislation capping how much money towns could make from speeding fines. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Reputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 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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