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re·pute / riˈpyoōt/ • n. the opinion generally held of someone or something; the state of being generally regarded in a particular way: pollution could bring the authority's name into bad repute. ∎  the state of being highly thought of; fame: chefs of international repute.• v. (be reputed) be generally said or believed to do something or to have particular characteristics: he was reputed to have a fabulous house. ∎  [usu. as adj.] (reputed) be generally said or believed to exist or be of a particular type, despite not being so: this area gave the lie to the reputed flatness of the country. ∎  [usu. as adj.] (reputed) be widely known and well thought of: intensive training with reputed coaches.DERIVATIVES: re·put·ed·ly adv.