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

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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 That’s three times the 17 percent who said academic reputation – as determined by college rankings published by various magazines – was a top factor. Robert Massa, The Conversation, "Here’s why colleges are being forced to close their doors - and what they can do to stay open," 7 Nov. 2019 Are there things in common with Canada’s reputation for modesty and the Midwestern sensibility here in the states of not tolerating big egos? Nina Metz,, "Noel Fisher on Mickey Milkovich returning to the Gallagher fold for ‘Shameless’ Season 10," 6 Nov. 2019 Airbnb has spent much of the last decade fighting for legitimacy in cities around the nation, earning the startup an infamous reputation among many local officials as a deep-pocketed agitator prone to litigation and public influence operations. Wired, "How Airbnb’s Fight to Overturn a New Jersey Law Imploded," 6 Nov. 2019 Until then, Imelda suffered from a reputation on the international circuit as an unwelcome arriviste. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Imelda Marcos, the Wife of a Filipino Dictator, Became an Icon of ’80s Excess," 4 Nov. 2019 Changing views Obviously this reputation business is a tricky thing. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's reputation is rising, but recovery still has a long way to go," 3 Nov. 2019 With eight games remaining in their Oakland lives, the Raiders are playing for memories and reputations. Scott Ostler,, "Raiders determined to leave Oakland with heads high," 3 Nov. 2019 There was little to suggest Jones had anything but a solid reputation. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "“I can’t believe it’s my life”: A Grand Junction doctor is accused of using his own sperm to impregnate patients," 30 Oct. 2019 Never forget that your true self and reputation are your most valuable commodities. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 29, 2019: Happy birthday Winona Ryder; Taurus, one good turn deserves another," 29 Oct. 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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of reputation was in the 14th century

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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