re·​port | \ ri-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce report (audio) \

Definition of report

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : common talk or an account spread by common talk : rumor
b : quality of reputation a witness of good report
2a : 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 : an explosive noise
on report
: subject to disciplinary action was put on report for the violation


reported; reporting; reports

Definition of report (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give an account of : relate
b : to describe as being in a specified state reported him much improved
2a : 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
3a(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

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to make, issue, or submit a report
3 : to act in the capacity of a reporter

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Examples of report in a Sentence

Noun a special report on health a report from our correspondent in China She wrote a report of the meeting. He gave a detailed report on the project. She filled out a police report at the scene of the accident. the government's report on crime in 2006 Unconfirmed reports state that over 100 people were hurt. Police have received reports of gang activity in the neighborhood. Verb The murder was reported in the national news. Several TV stations are reporting that the police are close to making an arrest. Their job is to report the news accurately and fairly. He was asked to report the details of the meeting. Tomorrow the committee will report its findings on air pollution. The doctor reported some improvement in her condition.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just days later, a scathing report by short-selling Hindenburg Research alleged a variety of misrepresentations by Nikola of its technology. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why today’s GM news is devastating for Nikola," 30 Nov. 2020 Only 10% of of global financial services firms are planning to establish or expand operations in the U.K. in the coming year, down from 45% in April, according to a report by consultancy EY published Monday. Viren Vaghela,, "Foreign Investment in U.K. Finance Set to Drop on Covid, Brexit," 30 Nov. 2020 As of October, the company added 427,300 employees, increasing its workforce to 1.2 million, according to a report by the New York Times. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "Amazon is leapfrogging the world’s largest employers," 29 Nov. 2020 Cardinals veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has tested position for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s game at the Patriots, according a report by NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Report: Arizona Cardinals veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald tests positive for COVID-19," 27 Nov. 2020 The project stems from a report by D.C. Appleseed, commissioned by the Greater Washington Community Foundation and published earlier this year that examined the needs among workers in the D.C. area as the pandemic gripped the region’s economy. Washington Post, "Front-line workers have seen the worst of covid-19. A new website allows donors to support them.," 27 Nov. 2020 According to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, the law was put in place in 1975 to ensure that the white population in South Africa would continue to procreate amid fears that the black population was growing too quickly. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Abortion is legal in Namibia, but only if a woman is in danger or has been sexually abused. Activists are demanding reform," 26 Nov. 2020 Among other issues raised in a report by federal veterans’ affairs investigators were poor ventilation and ineffective hand sanitizer. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Inspector general investigating COVID-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans’ Home," 25 Nov. 2020 Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu confirmed a report by the Toronto Star that a person of interest had been identified but not arrested. Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, "Toronto police have person of interest in billionaire deaths," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Black and Latinx folks are being hit about twice as hard as white people: 22% of Black adults and 19% of Latinx adults report their household not having enough to eat (compared to 9% of white adults). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Ways to Help People Facing Hunger in Your Community," 1 Dec. 2020 Many also report the elastic material accommodates wider calves. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Hunter boots are majorly discounted for Nordstrom's huge Cyber Monday 2020 sale," 1 Dec. 2020 Scores of Black Americans report similar stories of their employers passing judgment on their hair, with kinky curls, dreadlocks, cornrows and other natural hairstyles long a source of contention in the workplace and other venues. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "For Black workers, an unwelcome workplace focus on their hair," 1 Dec. 2020 Anchorage police report the Seward Highway has been closed in both directions following two separate collisions. Anchorage Daily News, "Seward Highway closed in both directions after 2 accidents; police report ‘extreme whiteout conditions’," 1 Dec. 2020 In Sweden, where the minority view of the Great Barrington Declaration has been put into practice, several doctors report being bullied and their jobs threatened for speaking out against their country’s approach. Jeanne Lenzer, Scientific American, "The COVID Science Wars," 30 Nov. 2020 Elementary and secondary teachers in the US also report that students are less prepared to participate in grade-level work now that most are in wholly or partially remote instruction. Thomas S. Dee, Wired, "VCs Are Pouring Money Into the Wrong Education Startups," 29 Nov. 2020 Residents of other countries, however, report a slight improvement or no change, according to the study by the Bloomfield health insurer. Stephen Singer,, "Study: Americans, more than others around the world, say COVID-19 has made them worse off in every way," 29 Nov. 2020 Police report that at 6:27 a.m. Nov. 19, a vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of the CVS pharmacy. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Drunken driving suspect found asleep behind the wheel: Lakewood Police Blotter," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of report


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for report


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

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The first known use of report was in the 14th century

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2 Dec 2020

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“Report.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of report

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of report (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.)


re·​port | \ ri-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce report (audio) \

Kids Definition of report

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually complete description or statement a weather report a book report
2 : a written or spoken statement that may or may not be true There are reports of a breakthrough.
3 : reputation sense 1 They're people of evil report.
4 : an explosive noise the report of a gun


reported; reporting

Kids Definition of report (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give a written or spoken description of something A witness reported what happened.
2 : to make known to the proper authorities report a fire
3 : to complain about (someone) for misconduct He will report the bully to the principal.
4 : to make a statement that may or may not be true The man is reported to be all right.
5 : to prepare or present an account of something (as for television or a newspaper)
6 : to show up He reports for work at noon.

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reporter noun

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report, describe, and narrate mean to talk or write about something. report is used of giving information to others often after some investigation has been done. Newspapers report important events. describe is used of giving a clear mental picture of an event or situation. Students were asked to describe a day at school. narrate means to tell a story with a beginning and an end. The speaker narrated a tale about pirates.



Legal Definition of report

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually detailed account or statement: as
a : an account or statement of the facts of a case heard and of the decision and opinion of the court or of a quasi-judicial tribunal determining the case
b : a written submission of a question of law (as by a lower court) to an appellate court for review before final decision is entered
c : a usually formal and sometimes official statement giving the conclusions and recommendations of a person (as a master) or group (as a legislative committee) authorized or delegated to consider a matter or proposal the committee made an unfavorable report on the bill
d : a usually formal account of the results of an investigation given by a person or group delegated or authorized to make the investigation
e : an analysis of operations and progress and a statement of future plans made at stated intervals by an administrator or executive or group of executives to those to whom such a report is owed the board of directors issued its annual report to the stockholders

Legal Definition of report (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to make a written record or summary of report a case
b : to make a shorthand record of
2a : to give a formal or official account or statement of
b : to return or present (a matter officially referred for consideration) with conclusions or recommendations specifically : report out
c : to announce or relate as the result of a special search, examination, or investigation
d : to make known to the proper authorities reported the fire
e : to make a charge of misconduct against reported him for harassment

intransitive verb

1 : to present oneself reported for jury duty
2 : to make, issue, submit, or present a report the committee will report this afternoon

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