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 for repute

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 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 For an extra layer of assurance, Whitney said the group should be accredited by or affiliated with an organization of high repute, such as the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the World Wildlife Fund or Humane Society International. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 Loosely based on a mixture of Amsterdam, London, Vegas, and old New York, Ketterdam is a city of ill repute, but also freedom. Rosie Knight,, 23 Apr. 2021 The temptation will be to go for a stellar name, a manager of the sort of standing and repute that will reassure the club’s bruised fans: someone like Rafael Benítez. New York Times, 26 Feb. 2021 Meyer, who has had a long history of sticking up for players and employees of questionable repute, finally came to realize that his organization was better off without Doyle than with him. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Feb. 2021 Her grandmother was a medical doctor of international repute, and had led quite a life. Globe Staff,, 4 Jan. 2021

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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 20 Oct. 2021.

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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

 (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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