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

Definition of repute

 (Entry 1 of 2)



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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Playing at a European club of repute is important for Alves' hopes of making Brazil's 2022 Qatar World Cup squad in November. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The old maxim of Wandel durch Handel—change through trade—which was almost by default Ms. Merkel’s only foreign-policy strategy, suddenly has fallen into bad repute. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Traditionally, most of that malt has gone into blends of varying repute. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 The process here is much the same as would be found at any international tailoring house of repute: Measurements are recorded and individual patterns are made for each customer, with four basted fittings on the first order. G. Bruce Boyer, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2022 Although Gstaad's repute may seem mythic, the hype is well deserved. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The government crackdown has enlisted elite police squads more accustomed to busting brothels and other locales of ill repute. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Birds touch down at the Cape May Bird Observatory after crossing the Delaware Bay; the whole area is a birding spot of national repute ( Valerie Stivers, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 Company members lived in what’s commonly believed to be a former house of ill repute, sharing the building with the painter Stephen Quiller’s gallery in the early 1970s. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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

Kids Definition of repute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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