reported or supposed to be such: the reputed author of a book.

Origin of reputed

First recorded in 1540–50; repute + -ed2
Related formsun·re·put·ed, adjectivewell-re·put·ed, adjective




estimation in the view of others; reputation: persons of good repute.
favorable reputation; good name; public respect.

verb (used with object), re·put·ed, re·put·ing.

to consider or believe (a person or thing) to be as specified; regard (usually used in the passive): He was reputed to be a millionaire.

Origin of repute

1400–50; late Middle English reputen (v.) < Middle French reputer < Latin reputāre to compute, consider, equivalent to re- re- + putāre to think

Synonyms for repute

Synonym study

2. See credit.

Antonyms for repute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reputed

Contemporary Examples of reputed

Historical Examples of reputed

  • These trees are reputed to have flourished for much more than a thousand years.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The position of the reputed slave in England was undefined and doubtful.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Our Yankee trade is reputed to be very much on the extreme of this prudence.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The woman, however, was not implicated, and her reputed lover escaped.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • This gentleman was, as she told me, the nephew of Mr. Curtis, and his reputed heir.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for reputed



(prenominal) generally reckoned or considered; supposed or allegedhe is the reputed writer of a number of romantic poems



(tr; usually passive) to consider (a person or thing) to be as specifiedhe is reputed to be intelligent


public estimation; reputationa writer of little repute

Word Origin for repute

C15: from Old French reputer, from Latin reputāre to think over, from re- + putāre to think
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reputed

1540s, "held in repute," past participle adjective from repute (v.). Meaning "supposed to be" is from 1570s. Related: Reputedly.



late 14c., from Middle French reputer (late 13c.) or directly from Latin reputare "to count over, reckon; think over" (see reputation). Related: Reputed; reputing.



1550s, from repute (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper