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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Despite its disastrous takeover of the Homebase home improvement chain in the U.K., Wesfarmers, a conglomerate that has its roots in a Western Australian fertilizer business, has a reputation as a canny buyer and seller of assets. Washington Post, "A Rare-Earth Steal at a 45% Markup," 18 Sep. 2019 Wind and solar energy enjoy a much better reputation as clean energy sources and also have benefits like zero emissions energy. Katie Tubb For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Nuclear power is essential to solving the world's energy problems," 16 Sep. 2019 But the Colts hadn’t made the playoffs since 1977 and Elway didn’t want to play for coach Frank Kush, who had a reputation as an autocrat. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Which of the Colts' 8 nominees will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame?," 13 Sep. 2019 Sanders, an iconoclast and Independent, has a reputation as a solo artist. Charlotte Alter, Time, "The One Where All the Candidates Are Friends," 11 Sep. 2019 Perhaps the fan favourite to take over the mantel from Löw, Jurgen Klopp's time managing in the Bundesliga left the Reds boss with a reputation as a charismatic, exciting manager., "Joachim Low: 4 Candidates to Replace the World Cup Winning Coach," 8 Sep. 2019 Attendees showed strong support for Truth Aquatics, which has a respected reputation among locals, and the surviving crew members. Leila Millerstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "At vigil for Conception boat fire victims, love of diving unites and soothes mourners," 6 Sep. 2019 The month of September has long had a reputation as the worst month for stocks. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "September Is Historically the Worst Month of the Year for Stocks. Will 2019 Be Any Different?," 4 Sep. 2019 Its misfortunes are not difficult to explain: Unlike Life and Fate, Stalingrad was published in the Soviet Union under Stalin and gained a reputation as Stalinist hackwork. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 27 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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