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 reputation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Alabama, known for a championship reputation in a different sport, has a chance to map new territory at the end of a season in which expectations have soared. Mike Rodak |, al, "Alabama can taste history as Sweet 16 meeting with UCLA arrives," 28 Mar. 2021 In Louisville, however, Schnellenberger’s reputation is largely intact. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Howard Schnellenberger, legendary Louisville football coach, dies at age 87," 27 Mar. 2021 Hsu gained a reputation as a leading critic of the administration, often butting heads with the president and siding with students on decisions related to tuition hikes and whether to eliminate several men's sports programs last year. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "University of Minnesota regent elections showed less focus on racial diversity this year," 16 Mar. 2021 Becerra, who currently serves as the California attorney general, has gained a reputation among the GOP as being a liberal culture warrior. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Republican Collins votes with Democrats to advance Becerra nomination for HHS secretary," 11 Mar. 2021 Pfleger, a longtime activist on Chicago's South Side, has gained a national reputation for speaking out on policing, gun violence, community inequality and other issues. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Chicago priest Michael Pfleger faces third allegation of sex abuse," 3 Mar. 2021 During his time at Everton Moyes gained a reputation for squeezing the best out of his players and as a manager with an eye for a bargain. Bobby Mcmahon, Forbes, "David Moyes’ Second Act Has West Ham Punching Above Its Weight," 24 Feb. 2021 Su, 51, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, gained a national reputation as an advocate for low-income and immigrant workers. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Biden picks California Labor Secretary Julie Su for administration job," 10 Feb. 2021 During his rise at CBS, Bryant has gained a reputation as a behind-the-scenes champion of equality — not just for people of color, but gender equality, too — that has been reflected in opportunities and programming. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: CBS has responsibility to set a progressive tone with its Super Bowl 55 coverage," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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“Reputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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