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noun re·port \ri-ˈpȯrt\

Simple Definition of report

  • : a story in a newspaper or on radio or television that is about something that happened or that gives information about something

  • : a written or spoken description of a situation, event, etc.

  • : an official document that gives information about a particular subject

Full Definition of report

  1. 1 a :  common talk or an account spread by common talk :  rumor b :  quality of reputation <a witness of good report>

  2. 2 a :  a usually detailed account or statement <a news report> b :  an account or statement of a judicial opinion or decision c :  a usually formal record of the proceedings of a meeting or session

  3. 3 :  an explosive noise

on report
  1. :  subject to disciplinary action <was put on report for the violation>

Examples of report

  1. a special report on health

  2. a report from our correspondent in China

  3. She wrote a report of the meeting.

  4. He gave a detailed report on the project.

  5. She filled out a police report at the scene of the accident.

  6. the government's report on crime in 2006

  7. Unconfirmed reports state that over 100 people were hurt.

  8. Police have received reports of gang activity in the neighborhood.

Origin of report

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from reporter to bring back, report, from Latin reportare, from re- + portare to carry — more at fare

First Known Use: 14th century



verb re·port

Simple Definition of report

  • : to give information about (something) in a newspaper or on television or radio

  • : to tell people about (something) : to make a report about (something)

  • : to describe (a feeling, condition, etc.)

Full Definition of report

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give an account of :  relate b :  to describe as being in a specified state <reported him much improved>

  3. 2 a :  to serve as carrier of (a message) b :  to relate the words or sense of (something said) c :  to make a written record or summary of d (1) :  to watch for and write about the newsworthy aspects or developments of :  cover (2) :  to prepare or present an account of for broadcast

  4. 3 a (1) :  to give a formal or official account or statement of <the treasurer reported a balance of ten dollars> (2) :  to return or present (a matter referred for consideration) with conclusions or recommendations b :  to announce or relate as the result of investigation <reported no sign of disease> c :  to announce the presence, arrival, or sighting of d :  to make known to the proper authorities <report a fire> e :  to make a charge of misconduct against

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to give an account :  tell b :  to present oneself <reported to the front desk> c :  to account for oneself <reported sick on Friday> d :  to work as a subordinate <reports to the vice president>

  7. 2 :  to make, issue, or submit a report

  8. 3 :  to act in the capacity of a reporter

Examples of report

  1. The murder was reported in the national news.

  2. Several TV stations are reporting that the police are close to making an arrest.

  3. Their job is to report the news accurately and fairly.

  4. He was asked to report the details of the meeting.

  5. Tomorrow the committee will report its findings on air pollution.

  6. The doctor reported some improvement in her condition.

14th Century

First Known Use of report

14th century

REPORT Defined for Kids



noun re·port \ri-ˈpȯrt\

Definition of report

  1. 1 :  a usually complete description or statement <a weather report> <a book report>

  2. 2 :  a written or spoken statement that may or may not be true <There are reports of a breakthrough.>

  3. 3 :  reputation 1 <They're people of evil report.>

  4. 4 :  an explosive noise <the report of a gun>



verb re·port

Definition of report


  1. 1 :  to give a written or spoken description of something <A witness reported what happened.>

  2. 2 :  to make known to the proper authorities <report a fire>

  3. 3 :  to complain about (someone) for misconduct <He will report the bully to the principal.>

  4. 4 :  to make a statement that may or may not be true <The man is reported to be all right.>

  5. 5 :  to prepare or present an account of something (as for television or a newspaper)

  6. 6 :  to show up <He reports for work at noon.>

re·port·er noun

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