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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Andrew Ba Tran, Nicole Dungca, Martine Powers, Nate Jones, Alice Crites, Hannah Thacker and Steven Rich contributed to this report. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Fox News' Lorraine Taylor contributed to this report. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 11 May 2022 Globe correspondent Emma Healy contributed to this report. Trevor Hass,, 11 May 2022 Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick, Kevin Freking, Darlene Superville and Farnoush Amiri in Washington and David Sharp in Maine contributed to this report. Lisa Mascaro, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 Associated Press writers Isabel DeBre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jon Gambrell in Lviv, Ukraine, and Samya Kullab in Baghdad contributed to this report. Nasser Karimi, ajc, 11 May 2022 Amaris Encinas contributed to this report Support local journalism. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 Marilyn Heck and Nicholas Kerr contributed to this report. ABC News, 11 May 2022 Staff writer Nick Moyle contributed to this report. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 2020 International school bus had no passengers and was only occupied by the driver, who did not report any injuries at the scene, the release said. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 In many cases, patients report a bitter or metallic taste, Steven Munger, the director of the University of Florida’s Center for Smell and Taste, told me. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 Soso, 70, a lawyer and former Chicago cop, pleaded guilty in 2019 to one count of income tax evasion for failing to report more than $3 million in income in the deal. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 For a leadership candidate, Rajaram recommends scouting employees who report directly to the leader of a team that has previously solved problems the hiring team is accounting for. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 Whom to contact To report illness or death in a backyard flock, contact your local veterinarian or the Office of the State Veterinarian at 907-375-8215. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 The level of concern about climate change among those who report having experienced extreme weather is similar across geographic regions of the country. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, those who don’t report positive home tests to their doctors may face obstacles in qualifying for long Covid treatment and disability later on. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The Cardinals began their offseason strength and conditioning program on Tuesday and Murray was among several players who did not report to the team’s Tempe training facility. Bob Mcmanaman, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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.

Other Words from report

reporter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for report


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


transitive verb

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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