Meaning of “reputation” in the English Dictionary

"reputation" in British English

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reputationnoun [ C usually singular, U ]

uk /ˌrep.jəˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌrep.jəˈteɪ.ʃən/

B2 the opinion that people in general have about someone or something, or how much respect or admiration someone or something receives, based on past behaviour or character:

The company has a worldwide reputation for quality.
She has the reputation of being a good doctor.
His reputation was destroyed when he was caught stealing some money.
The hotel has a bad/good reputation.

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  • Recent discoveries about corruption have done serious damage to the company's reputation.
  • The government's reputation has already been harmed by a series of scandals.
  • The newspaper has a reputation for being littered with spelling mistakes.
  • She has a reputation for open-mindedness and original thinking.
  • Actors' reputations have been made and unmade on this London stage.

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(Definition of “reputation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reputation" in American English

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reputationnoun [ C ]

us /ˌrep·jəˈteɪ·ʃən/

the general opinion that people have about someone or something:

a good/bad reputation
His work in Congress won him a reputation as reliable and industrious.

(Definition of “reputation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reputation" in Business English

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reputationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌrepjəˈteɪʃən/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)