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.
Recent Examples of reputation from the Web
For decades, Portland has basked in its reputation for protest.
And supporters of the agreement in the U.S., which was painstakingly negotiated under the Obama administration, argued that even if that was possible, the damage to America’s reputation had already been done.
Bohannon was able to lure top-flight talent to Lexington and built a reputation for his ability to land blue-chip prospects.
Silverman’s newest Netflix special A Speck of Dust, which dropped on the streaming service Tuesday, features a comedian who has in some ways left her 2005-era reputation behind.
Some analysts have questioned whether Kraft Heinz’s reputation is now hindering its ability to make a deal.
Mr. Wang, 68, has a reputation for being a problem solver who has worked closely with American executives, including Henry M. Paulson, the former chief executive of Goldman Sachs and Treasury secretary.
Her rival on the other hand has grown more relaxed, holding his own against the same interviewer who has a reputation for being a rottweiler in his style of questioning.
The album helped cement the band's reputation as country-rock trailblazers.
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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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