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reputation Syllabification: rep·u·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌrepyəˈtāSH(ə)n/

Definition of reputation in English:


1The beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something: his reputation was tarnished by allegations that he had taken bribes
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  • Pundits and public intellectuals play a significant role in shaping public opinion, but their reputations are only weakly linked with how useful their advice turns out to be over time.
  • In both theories, these opinion leaders have well-established reputations and hence create convergence.
  • The Tron and Citizen's theatres have international reputations for cutting-edge contemporary drama.
1.1A widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic: his knowledge of his subject earned him a reputation as an expert
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  • He was called to the Irish bar in 1951 and has earned a reputation as an esteemed playwright, poet and biographer.
  • Although some traders practiced fraud, others worked hard to acquire reputations for fair business practices in order to encourage repeat sales.
  • These City stock-pickers aim to beat the overall performance of the stock market and, in doing so, earn themselves reputations as investment gurus.
name, good name, character, repute, standing, stature, status, position, renown, esteem, prestige
informal rep, rap


Middle English: from Latin reputatio(n-), from reputare 'think over' (see repute).

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