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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reputational \ ˌre-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce reputation (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 Stifter’s literary reputation fluctuated dramatically during his life, and afterward too. Deborah Eisenberg, The New York Review of Books, 7 Oct. 2021 Decades after the famous Fisherman’s Dinners began at the inn, Oregon winemakers started discreetly judging each other’s vintages before they were released and Steamboat is credited with improving the state’s Pinot noir reputation. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 The Pacers have talked repeatedly about re-establishing the franchise’s defensive reputation after finishing 14th last season in defensive rating, allowing 111-9 points per 100 possessions. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 Logitech’s decades-long reputation for reliability and ease of use helps the firm grow and sustain its market share. David Trainer, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Then there were the two Clayton Kershaw Series, consecutive duels in 2013 and 2014 in which the former Dodgers ace was shellacked both times in fashioning the lousy postseason reputation that haunted him for much of his career. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Their involvement speaks to another level of socialization in an evolving industry that has long carried a snobby reputation. NBC News, 6 Oct. 2021 Ford counts on the Maverick to carve out a niche based on the automaker’s peerless reputation for pickups and a focus on attracting new customers — largely people who used to buy small cars like the Focus, Honda Civic and Chevy Cruise. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 Kudos aside, Weston has established a reputation over the years for being a community that gives back, that is well-planned and emphasizes green landscaping and great parks. Scott Luxor,, 5 Oct. 2021

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

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8 Oct 2021

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“Reputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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