reputation

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Handler had developed a reputation as a maverick with nerves of steel; she’d made Mattel millions in sales. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019 How many designers manage that kind of silent exit from fashion, reputations 100 percent intact? Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018 Plus Facebook has a strong interest in gamingand the reputation for going out and spending big on companies that can help expand its social networking moat. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 But in the social-media blitz between Sunday and Tuesday, that reputation was eclipsed by a torrent of outrage. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Air faces backlash after gay couple forced to give up seats," 31 July 2018 As a result, Yekaterinburg has the reputation as a city aloof about what others think of it. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 Posnick, who has a reputation as the editor who could best work with photographer Irving Penn, does many of the still-life photos featured in the publication. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Vogue Reportedly Losing Two Top Editors," 13 July 2018 Dalic has a reputation as a manager of only picking players who are fully fit, meaning that Vrsaljko dreams of playing in a World Cup semi final remain in the balance. SI.com, "Atletico Madrid Hope to Prevent Injured Full Back Sime Vrsaljko From Playing in World Cup Semi Final," 10 July 2018 Dominic Raab, who succeeded David Davis as secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU) after the latter resigned on Sunday night, has a reputation as something of a hard man, just like his predecessor. The Economist, "Meet Dominic Raab: the new Brexit boss," 9 July 2018

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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

noun

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

reputation

noun
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

reputation

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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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