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English definition of “reputation”

reputation

noun [C]     /ˌrepjəˈteɪʃən/
the opinion that people have of someone or something, based on past behaviour or character: The bank's professional reputation was badly damaged by the affair.have a good/bad reputation He had a very good reputation in the industry.have a reputation as sth She has a reputation as a tough negotiator.have a reputation for (doing) sth The company has a reputation for excellent customer care. earn/gain/build/develop a reputation enhance/damage sb's reputation
know sb/sth by reputation to know someone or something because of what people say about them, rather than by having direct experience of them: He knew Hindman by reputation before interviewing him for the post.
(Definition of reputation noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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