re·​pute | \ ri-ˈpyüt How to pronounce repute (audio) \
reputed; reputing

Definition of repute

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Definition of repute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the character or status commonly ascribed to one : reputation
2 : the state of being favorably known, spoken of, or esteemed

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of repute in a Sentence

Noun that's a repair shop of good repute
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Traditionally, indica strains have had a reputation for creating a more full-body, relaxing effect whereas sativa strains are reputed to be more cerebral and energizing. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "A shopper’s guide to Alaska cannabis: Local strains, edibles, concentrates and more," 28 May 2020 Riddle was also reputed to have reservations about the uncertainties of Louisville’s spring weather and may have been influenced by a racing calendar that then separated the Derby from the Preakness by only 10 days. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Potentially the greatest horse to ever race missed the Kentucky Derby 100 years ago," 7 May 2020 Bialosky’s houses embody an entirely different spirit, even though Shaker Heights was reputed to be the wealthiest suburb in America during the early 1960s. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Appreciating the modernist houses of architect Jack Bialosky Sr.: space, light, and the quiet modesty of suburban Jewish assimilation," 3 May 2020 Multiple sources identified the lawyer as Edgar Sargsyan, a onetime business partner of Lev Aslan Dermen, a petroleum magnate and reputed organized crime figure. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Beverly Hills lawyer is at center of FBI agent corruption scandal, sources say," 28 Apr. 2020 Friday, Arbor Day, brings a live visit to what is reputed to be the city’s oldest living organism: the Alley Pond Giant, a massive tulip tree in Alley Pond Park in Queens that dates back about 350 years. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "Earth Day’s Gone Digital. Here’s Where to Find It.," 21 Apr. 2020 The Italian mountaineers Tamara Lunger and Simone Moro were planning a winter ascent of Pik Pobeda, in Siberia, reputed to be the coldest climb on earth. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains," 24 Feb. 2020 Biden has never been reputed for his fundraising prowess, and until just a few days ago, a wide field of moderate candidates was spreading donor money thin. Alana Abramson, Time, "Democratic Donors are Rallying Behind Joe Biden. And Bernie Sanders Is Weaponizing That," 5 Mar. 2020 Peer into the gaping Bocca della Verità, a sculpted mouth reputed to bite off the hand of anyone who doesn’t tell the truth. National Geographic, "Italy and Greece Expedition: Empires of the Mediterranean," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The idea of American exceptionalism has long been in ill repute among critics on the left. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Will a Pandemic Shatter the Perception of American Exceptionalism?," 25 Apr. 2020 The exhibition starts by refreshing our memories about Raphael’s repute at the time of his unexpected death in 1520, when the Renaissance artist was still in his prime and enjoying A-list status. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Rome Celebrates the Short, but Beautiful, Life of Raphael," 6 Mar. 2020 This isn’t because democratic values such as equality and freedom are in ill repute. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Brexit May Make Europe Safe for Democracy," 30 Jan. 2020 His heroes were Emerson and the English Romantics, but Romanticism was in ill repute at Yale., "NEW YORK — Harold Bloom, the prodigious literary critic who championed and defended the Western canon in an outpouring of influential books that appeared not only on college syllabuses but also — unusual for an academic — on bestseller lists, died Monday at a hospital in New Haven. He was 89.," 15 Oct. 2019 The adventures of this knight (Robert J. Townsend) and his squire, Sancho Panza (Jeffrey Landman), quickly crystallize around Quixote’s spellbound love for a wench of ill repute, Aldonza (Heidi Meyer). David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: SDMT’s stirring ‘Man of La Mancha’ delivers as it dares to dream the impossible," 29 Sep. 2019 My lovely editor had sent me an Italian bitter liqueur to build a drink around: the Bitter Bianco from Luxardo, a distiller of exceptional repute. Lauren Mechling, WSJ, "An Aperitivo-Fueled Adventure Among Brooklyn’s Sauna Set," 18 June 2019 Partly as a result, for decades after World War II the whole idea that ancient cultural shifts might be explained by migrations fell into ill repute in some archaeological circles. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 Polyphemus, then, means one much spoken of, someone of great repute. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of repute


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repute


Middle English, from Anglo-French reputer, from Latin reputare to reckon up, think over, from re- + putare to reckon

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“Repute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of repute

: good reputation


re·​pute | \ ri-ˈpyüt How to pronounce repute (audio) \
reputed; reputing

Kids Definition of repute

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: consider sense 3 She is reputed to be a millionaire.



Kids Definition of repute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : reputation sense 1 He is held in good repute.
2 : good reputation doctors of repute

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