rep·​u·​ta·​tion ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce reputation (audio)
: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
: recognition by other people of some characteristic or ability
has the reputation of being clever
: a place in public esteem or regard : good name
trying to protect his reputation
reputational adjective

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An esteemed word in English, reputation rose to fame during the 14th century and ultimately traces back to the Latin verb reputare, meaning "to take into consideration" or "to think over." Reputare is itself a coupling of the well-known "again" prefix re- and the verb putare, "to reckon." Renowned celebrities of the putare family are the verb repute ("to believe or consider"), the identical noun (synonymous with reputation), the adjectives reputable and reputed, and the adverb reputedly. Other putare cousins of notoriety include dispute, disreputable, imputation, and putative, along with their kin.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web People and businesses are moving here because of our excellent reputation as a safe, clean and family-oriented city. Alexandra Hardle, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 In the years that followed, as the media and entertainment landscape began to fragment, Paramount developed a reputation for aggressively managing costs under studio chief Brad Grey and the corporate overlords at Sumner Redstone’s Viacom Inc., which took over the studio in 1994. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2024 That created consternation among subscribers and hurt the streamer’s reputation among international producers. Stewart Clarke, Deadline, 9 July 2024 The plot thickens as Justin’s desperate attempts to maintain his golden boy reputation lead him down a path filled with dangerous criminals, mistaken identities and comic mishaps. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for reputation 

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Word History


Middle English reputacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin reputation-, reputatio consideration, from reputare

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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


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“Reputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


rep·​u·​ta·​tion ˌrep-yə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce reputation (audio)
: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
a car with a good reputation
: notice by other people of some quality or ability
has the reputation of being a good tennis player
: a place in public regard : good name
trying to protect his reputation

Legal Definition


: 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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