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

Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar contributed to this report. Shaiq Hussain And Antonio Olivo,, "Pakistanis urge military to boost security after hundreds die in attacks before election," 14 July 2018 Staff photojournalist Mike Stocker contributed to this report. Juan Ortega,, "FPL restores power to downtown Hollywood after damaged pole caused outage," 14 July 2018 Los Angeles Times writer Jazmine Ulloa contributed to this report. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 Associated Press writer Susannah George in Washington contributed to this report. Jill Colvin And Renata Brito,, "‘Russian individuals did their work during the Obama years,’ Trump tweets," 14 July 2018 Staff writer Tresa Baldas contributed to this report. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 Correspondent Jim Paulin in Unalaska contributed to this report. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Alaska seafood exports escape China’s retaliatory tariffs," 13 July 2018 The Washington Post's Alice Crites, Andrew Ba Tran, Rick Maese and Thomas Heath contributed to this report. Amy Brittain,, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says," 12 July 2018 Courier-News reporter Rafael Guerrero contributed to this report. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora ranked 4th in shortest commute among Illinois cities," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ridley begins Falcons’ training camp on July 26 when players report. David Furones,, "Calvin Ridley holds charity bowling event to raise funds for program that helped him in his youth," 13 July 2018 Virginians are being urged to report sightings of giant hogweed. Sarah Klein,, "Giant Hogweed Sent This Virginia Teen to the Hospital. Here's What to Know About the Scary Plant That Can Burn Your Skin and Lead to Blindness," 13 July 2018 The entertainment outlet reports that Lopez was in Hollywood Tuesday, and after speaking with fans, decided to pretend to relieve himself. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "George Lopez pretends to urinate on Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star," 12 July 2018 Bill Burrs, who was previously 300 Entertainment’s head of promotion, will transition into a new business development role at the company and continue to report to Liles. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "300 Entertainment Hires Aimie Vaughan-Früehe as SVP, Promotion: Exclusive," 12 July 2018 Tempe police reported that the safety driver had been watching The Voice on her phone at the time of the crash. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber laid off its self-driving car safety drivers in Pittsburgh," 11 July 2018 The Arizona Republic reported that on the day of Trump’s visit, there were 121 at the facility. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "What we know about efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents," 11 July 2018 MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that Milwaukee has been talking with the Minnesota Twins about Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 5, Brewers 4: Offense can't rescue Peralta in extra-inning loss," 11 July 2018 News reports that a shipment of 500,000 barrels of crude was on its way this week to the port of Matanzas in northwestern Cuba sparked indignation among many in Venezuela, a country suffering under the worst economic crisis of its history. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Venezuelans are starving, but the country still sends crude to Cuba," 11 July 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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