Definition of reputation in English:



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

    ‘his reputation was tarnished by allegations of bribery’
    • ‘The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, has been quite popular, particularly in a post that is usually seen as a graveyard of political reputations.’
    • ‘The Tron and Citizen's theatres have international reputations for cutting-edge contemporary drama.’
    • ‘Immense amounts of money were squandered, reputations were tarnished, and the consumer was left, as is so often the case, chagrined, puzzled, shortchanged, miffed.’
    • ‘Today, just three years later, they all enjoy international reputations.’
    • ‘The late 18th century produced two artists who achieved international reputations for this category of work.’
    • ‘The series commemorates both the murdered victims of Nazism and those whose careers and potential international reputations were curtailed or destroyed by it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For dancers, and those studying dance, Laban has always had an international reputation.’
    • ‘The impact of graphic design is used for the opposite purpose: undermining reputations and stripping off the coolness that makes the big brands glow.’
    • ‘Although Johnston depicts Cook as a cautious and dignified man compared to his vainglorious counterpart, both men risked their reputations in their mutual quest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Australia reaffirmed its international reputation as a friendly country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In both theories, these opinion leaders have well-established reputations and hence create convergence.’
    • ‘A small band of British artists, notably David Hockney and Lucien Freud, have always enjoyed international reputations.’
    • ‘They are architects who all now have international reputations, but whose work is very different.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zweig reminded Strauss of how his behaviour under the Nazis had compromised his international reputation.’
    • ‘Others have commented directly upon the issues of patronage and market influence which have seemed constantly to challenge the reputations of these artists.’
    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’
      • ‘In the last decade Wallace has earned a reputation for delivering building projects on time and on budget.’
      • ‘So far, Prestige has established a reputation for high risk and daring investments.’
      • ‘His break with the bank has earned him a reputation as an enfant terrible who is inclined to stir up trouble wherever he goes.’
      • ‘The response was overwhelming and the club acquired a reputation for a lively, hedonistic atmosphere.’
      • ‘He was a Justice of the Peace and a Magistrate and earned a reputation for fairness.’
      • ‘The German publishing house Taschen has earned a reputation as a purveyor of upmarket coffee table erotica.’
      • ‘He was called to the Irish bar in 1951 and has earned a reputation as an esteemed playwright, poet and biographer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although some traders practiced fraud, others worked hard to acquire reputations for fair business practices in order to encourage repeat sales.’
      • ‘In touring with the likes of Oasis and The Charlatans, The Music have rapidly acquired a fierce live reputation.’
      • ‘Day trading has earned a reputation as a money-spinner because of some notable success stories.’
      • ‘And they have earned for him a reputation as an artist whose work displays rich religious resonance.’
      • ‘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 pursuit of ideas has earned him a reputation for running with them in the studio, for grabbing the moment.’
      • ‘Levy is a creditable state advocate, a Jehovah's Witness with a reputation for honesty.’
      • ‘He said the best way to do that successfully is to earn a reputation for making quality games.’
      • ‘Tony Kaye earned a reputation for eccentric behaviour during his time as a commercials director in Britain.’
      • ‘Unlike Knight, Blige has something of a reputation for a bad attitude.’
      • ‘Apart from this one setback, the firm continued to grow profitably and earned a reputation as a leader in its field.’
      • ‘This Harvard-educated lawyer had a clean image and a good reputation from his time as mayor of the city of Quito.’


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