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


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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The Smiths and other farmers on the slopes of the Mauna Loa and Hualalai volcanoes have long suspected that competitors falsely label cheap commodity beans, flooding the market, depressing prices and damaging Kona’s reputation. Los Angeles Times, "The Kona coffee you buy from Costco and Walmart? It might be fake," 15 Sep. 2019 Patricia’s reputation is one of being a defensive guru, but the Lions were average in 2018. oregonlive, "Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions ends in tie following overtime: Recap, score, stats," 8 Sep. 2019 Not wanting to tarnish Baird’s or the Smithsonian’s reputation, Stimpson announced in 1858 that the Megatherium Club would disband. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 But the Taycan also delivers on Porsche’s reputation for engineering prowess by pushing electric driving tech forward in all sorts of ways. Wired, "With the Taycan, Porsche Launches into the Electric Future," 4 Sep. 2019 Their murals and elevated graffiti are the most visible contribution to RiNo’s reputation as one of the city’s most important art zones. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "For Denver, Crush Walls is a street art fest. For street artists, it’s a show of real respect.," 1 Sep. 2019 Lover already has the biggest sales week for any album since Swift’s own reputation sold 1.216 million copies in its first week and debuted at No. 1 on the Dec. 2, 2017-dated Billboard 200 chart. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 'Lover' Sales Near 575,000 in U.S. After Three Days on Sale," 26 Aug. 2019 Democrats Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg will visit Greenwich next month for a pair of fundraisers for their presidential campaigns, furthering the town’s reputation as Connecticut’s political ATM. Russell Blair,, "Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg visiting Greenwich to line campaign coffers," 26 Aug. 2019 The college students who spoke to WIRED were aware of the industry’s reputation. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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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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