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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Today's New Moon might shift your attention to a desire to gain traction with your career and reputation. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Aug. 30, 2019: Cancer, consider a reboot; Capricorn, kindness is never out of fashion," 30 Aug. 2019 There is seemingly less mystery on the defensive side of the ball, but the Ravens who did play again lived up to the unit’s reputation. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens win 17th straight preseason game, 20-7 over Washington, as battles for roster spots continue," 30 Aug. 2019 Is Stanford’s national ranking based on reputation or merit? Jake Curtis,, "Stanford set at QB, but there are plenty of uncertainties elsewhere," 30 Aug. 2019 The result is that TIFF has become ground zero in establishing consensus, not just about who will win reputation-burnishing (and box office-plumping) awards, but who will be able to compete in the first place. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "Want to know who will rule the upcoming awards season? Keep an eye on Toronto, the Oscar kingmaker.," 30 Aug. 2019 Only then did the twin’s reputation flip, and people began to see separate sleeping as prudish and old-fashioned. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How a Sleep Divorce Can Improve Your Relationship," 29 Aug. 2019 Skip to main content SportsPulse: Big reputations don't always add up to big fantasy production. Cory Bonini, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football: Late-round players to grab, avoid in your draft," 28 Aug. 2019 But 84 years ago to the day -- and at the same venue -- the team's reputation depended on the outcome of a game against an unlikely opponent. Kori Rumore,, "In 1935, the Chicago Bears were looking to prove their legitimacy -- by taking on a team of college players," 28 Aug. 2019 The completion of the Fairway Drive interchange off I-10 in 2020 will only solidify the city’s growing reputation as a Southwest Valley hot spot. Pier Simeri, azcentral, "Destination Avondale: City hot spots continue to gain traction," 28 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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