Definition of reputation
1a : overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in generalb : 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>
reputationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of reputation
Middle English reputacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin reputation-, reputatio consideration, from reputare
First Known Use: 14th century
REPUTATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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.
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