re·​port | \ri-ˈpȯrt \

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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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.

Examples of report in a Sentence


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.


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

Then there were the bizarre stories, like reports that a house guest of his impersonated him and called the US Park Police, which fall under the Interior Department, to respond to dispute with a neighbor over a parking spot. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 In October, a United Nations report said failure to limit global warming within 12 years could risk irreversible changes to the earth’s climate and ecosystems. Emre Peker, WSJ, "Negotiators Agree on Rulebook to Help Curb Climate Change," 15 Dec. 2018 And simpler toys are better, too: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently put out a report saying that the best toys are non-electronic ones (read: no screens or apps). Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Attention Grandmas: It's Better for Kids to Have Fewer Toys," 14 Dec. 2018 In fact, seven-month-old Prince Louis is also wearing George's clothes, People reports. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Wears Prince George's Sweater in the Royal Christmas Card," 14 Dec. 2018 The recall is in response to reports that the tampons are falling apart when people try to remove them. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Some U by Kotex Tampons Have Been Recalled for Unraveling Inside the Body," 12 Dec. 2018 Indianapolis, one of Amazon’s 20 HQ2 finalists, has become a hub for smaller firms and startups, and had one of the fastest-growing tech industries in the nation, according to a Brookings Institution report. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a Midwest startup generator bursts the Bay Area tech bubble and solves real problems," 12 Dec. 2018 Yesterday, a report released by the US Naval Postgraduate School revealed that 2018 was the most violent year on record for school shootings. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Shows Her Support for Gun Control With a Very Direct Political T-Shirt," 11 Dec. 2018 Pinterest's 2018 holiday report declares popcorn cardigans as one of the top holiday looks making its way onto user's boards this year. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Pinterest Says Popcorn Sweaters Are the Biggest Trend This Christmas," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Post updated to report Microsoft has removed trust of the certificates from Windows. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 That slider will be used to report the severity of bug. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 Bell was likely going to report to Grusd, not Spiegel, moving forward. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The exec who built Snapchat Discover is leaving the company," 12 Nov. 2018 According to a 2013 study from researchers at the National Center for PTSD in Boston, 21 percent of women and 23 percent of men deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan were likely to report symptoms of probable PTSD. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 In June, the South China Morning Post reported 29,000 cars are projected to traverse the bridge daily by 2030, although recent forecasts have estimated considerably less traffic in the immediate future. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "China Opens Gargantuan 34-Mile Mega Bridge," 23 Oct. 2018 On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration is considering redefining gender as only that which is assigned at birth. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People WILL NOT Be Erased," 22 Oct. 2018 Shortly after that, Morningstar reported that his Global Unconstrained Bond Fund had lost more than 40 percent of its total assets in 2018—nearly $1 billion. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 The suppliers’ ability to gauge demand will also be hurt by Apple’s recent decision to stop reporting unit sales, one supplier said. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Suppliers Suffer as It Struggles to Forecast iPhone Demand," 19 Nov. 2018

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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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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 \

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



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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