Definition of repute in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈpjuːt/


[mass noun]
1The opinion generally held of someone or something; the state of being regarded in a particular way: pollution could bring the authority’s name into bad repute
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  • I would have you executed for your crime, but it would bring me into bad repute with my countrymen.
  • In a separate attack, Chanel's Web site was defaced by an attacker calling himself ‘TheRegister’, which we are somewhat concerned may bring our name into repute.
  • There is Pittsburgh, of grimy repute, recently named the most livable U.S. city.
reputation, name, character
archaic report
1.1The state of being highly regarded; fame: chefs of international repute
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  • Berni Searle's emergence as an artist of international repute coincides more or less with South Africa's first decade of democracy.
  • Visits took in her favorite galleries, museums, and, inevitably for a bibliophile of international repute, the British Library.
  • Several singers of international repute made or consolidated their early reputations with the company, which continues to provide a training ground for young Welsh singers.
fame, renown, celebrity, distinction, high standing, stature, eminence, prominence, note, prestige, account;
good reputation, good name


(be reputed)
1Be generally regarded as having done something or as having particular characteristics: he was reputed to have a fabulous house
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  • By the time the companion exhibition catalogue was written, however, he was devoting nearly all his time to concert-party paintings, and his works were reputed to increase attendance at the all-night events.
  • Abramovich, who is reputed to have excellent connections in the Kremlin, is now in the process of selling off his controlling interest in Russia's largest aluminium enterprise.
  • In Italy, Tiramisu is reputed to be an aphrodisiac.
thought, said, reported, rumoured, believed, held, considered, regarded, deemed, judged, estimated;
alleged, purported
1.1 (usually as adjective reputed) Be generally believed to exist or be the case, despite not being so: this area gave the lie to the reputed flatness of the country
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  • Secular Americans may be further discomfited to learn that their government's top lawyer is reputed to believe that tabby cats are satanic.
  • When Cromwell came from Youghal and gazed upon the spectacularly beautiful Suir valley, he is reputed to have declared, ‘Now there's a land worth fighting for’.
  • Moreover, those who ruled abroad often occupied the lower half of the sociocultural ladder in Britain, and were frequently reputed as ne'er-do-wells and superfluous men who presumably couldn't hack it back home.
supposed, putative;
apparent, ostensible
rare suppositious
rare reputative
1.2 (usually as adjective reputed) Be widely known and well thought of: intensive training with reputed coaches
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  • Thanks largely to shameless self-promotion in his autobiography, a vivid and amusing account written in the vernacular, he is one of the best documented and most widely reputed Mannerist artists after Michelangelo.
  • The portrait, reputed to be the most widely reproduced photograph in the world, has come to symbolize not just the ideals of the Cuban revolution but of revolution in general.
well thought of, well respected, respected, highly regarded, with a good reputation, of good repute;
well known, widely known


Late Middle English: from Old French reputer or Latin reputare 'think over', from re- (expressing intensive force) + putare 'think'.

Words that rhyme with repute

acute, argute, astute, beaut, Beirut, boot, bruit, brut, brute, Bute, butte, Canute, cheroot, chute, commute, compute, confute, coot, cute, depute, dilute, dispute, flute, galoot, hoot, impute, jute, loot, lute, minute, moot, newt, outshoot, permute, pollute, pursuit, recruit, refute, route, salute, Salyut, scoot, shoot, Shute, sloot, snoot, subacute, suit, telecommute, Tonton Macoute, toot, transmute, undershoot, uproot, Ute, volute

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