Meaning of reputation in English:


Pronunciation /rɛpjʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1The beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.

    ‘his reputation was tarnished by allegations of bribery’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zweig reminded Strauss of how his behaviour under the Nazis had compromised his international reputation.’
    • ‘Australia reaffirmed its international reputation as a friendly country.’
    • ‘For dancers, and those studying dance, Laban has always had an international reputation.’
    • ‘For a time, institutions such as the London County Council's Central School of Arts & Crafts and Birmingham's Municipal School of Art had enviable international reputations.’
    • ‘A small band of British artists, notably David Hockney and Lucien Freud, have always enjoyed international reputations.’
    • ‘The series commemorates both the murdered victims of Nazism and those whose careers and potential international reputations were curtailed or destroyed by it.’
    • ‘Today, just three years later, they all enjoy international reputations.’
    • ‘They are architects who all now have international reputations, but whose work is very different.’
    • ‘The late 18th century produced two artists who achieved international reputations for this category of work.’
    • ‘Immense amounts of money were squandered, reputations were tarnished, and the consumer was left, as is so often the case, chagrined, puzzled, shortchanged, miffed.’
    • ‘Fifteen years later, in the early 1970s, a book revealing secrets about their split is about to be written, threatening to further tarnish their reputations.’
    • ‘Some observers at the time claimed that Saatchi's actions significantly diminished both the reputations of those artists and the price levels of their works.’
    • ‘The competitive infatuation with ‘signature’ skyscrapers may continue to get the publicity, but some of the best young talents are staking their claims and reputations on the ground.’
    • ‘Others have commented directly upon the issues of patronage and market influence which have seemed constantly to challenge the reputations of these artists.’
    • ‘Although Johnston depicts Cook as a cautious and dignified man compared to his vainglorious counterpart, both men risked their reputations in their mutual quest.’
    • ‘The impact of graphic design is used for the opposite purpose: undermining reputations and stripping off the coolness that makes the big brands glow.’
    • ‘The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, has been quite popular, particularly in a post that is usually seen as a graveyard of political reputations.’
    1. 1.1A widespread belief that someone or something has a particular characteristic.
      ‘his knowledge of his subject earned him a reputation as an expert’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The response was overwhelming and the club acquired a reputation for a lively, hedonistic atmosphere.’
      • ‘And they have earned for him a reputation as an artist whose work displays rich religious resonance.’
      • ‘The German publishing house Taschen has earned a reputation as a purveyor of upmarket coffee table erotica.’
      • ‘Tony Kaye earned a reputation for eccentric behaviour during his time as a commercials director in Britain.’
      • ‘The pursuit of ideas has earned him a reputation for running with them in the studio, for grabbing the moment.’
      • ‘He was a Justice of the Peace and a Magistrate and earned a reputation for fairness.’
      • ‘This Harvard-educated lawyer had a clean image and a good reputation from his time as mayor of the city of Quito.’
      • ‘In a short period of time, both bands have been trust into the limelight of the New Zealand rock scene, and have earned their reputations as New Zealand's best live acts.’
      • ‘His break with the bank has earned him a reputation as an enfant terrible who is inclined to stir up trouble wherever he goes.’
      • ‘In the last decade Wallace has earned a reputation for delivering building projects on time and on budget.’
      • ‘He said the best way to do that successfully is to earn a reputation for making quality games.’
      • ‘Apart from this one setback, the firm continued to grow profitably and earned a reputation as a leader in its field.’
      • ‘Day trading has earned a reputation as a money-spinner because of some notable success stories.’
      • ‘So far, Prestige has established a reputation for high risk and daring investments.’
      • ‘In touring with the likes of Oasis and The Charlatans, The Music have rapidly acquired a fierce live reputation.’
      • ‘Levy is a creditable state advocate, a Jehovah's Witness with a reputation for honesty.’
      • ‘Unlike Knight, Blige has something of a reputation for a bad attitude.’
      name, good name, character, repute, standing, stature, status, position, rank, station
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Middle English from Latin reputatio(n-), from reputare ‘think over’ (see repute).