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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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

An officer was dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of Nottingham for a report of theft. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 12 Aug. 2019 Russian residents are rushing to buy iodine tablets after reports of radiation were posted online following a deadly blast at a military test site. Zach Wade, CNN, "Quickly catch up on the day's news," 12 Aug. 2019 No one was injured, but there were a handful of reports of damage from the unseasonal storms. Fox News, "Tornadoes strike Amsterdam, Luxembourg, leaving several hurt as wild storms slam Europe," 12 Aug. 2019 There were also reports of undercover police dressing as protesters in order to make arrests. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Hong Kong's Airport Is Shut Down Amid Protests. Here's What Travelers Should Know," 12 Aug. 2019 Across town, the coroner’s office was working on the autopsy reports of the Oregon District victims. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Leading Dayton, Ohio, in an Era of Guns, Trump, and Madness," 12 Aug. 2019 Kenny Nguyen, 36, was first stopped around 11:45 p.m. Sunday while driving on Route 101 in Brentwood, N.H., after police received reports of an erratically operating vehicle., "Epping, N.H., man arrested twice — by same trooper — within hours on drunken driving charges," 12 Aug. 2019 Anthony Duff said police responded at 10:39 p.m. Saturday to reports of shots fired in the area of Lloyd Street. Emily Brindley,, "Man injured Saturday in New Haven shooting," 11 Aug. 2019 But reports of unrest have dominated the headlines in recent months, with Barça, as well as heavyweight rivals Real Madrid, linked with rescuing Neymar from his Parisian nightmare, albeit at huge financial cost., "Barcelona 'Accelerate' Neymar Transfer Plans With Philippe Coutinho in Mix for PSG Switch," 11 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sea ice in the Arctic is at its lowest since satellite monitoring began decade ago, but computer modelling shows it’s probably closer to a 1,500 year low, the Post’s Freedman reports. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rare Lightning Strikes Detected 300 Miles From North Pole," 14 Aug. 2019 The following items were taken from Evanston Police Department reports and releases. Brian L. Cox,, "Blotter: 3 residential burglaries reported in Evanston," 13 Aug. 2019 Severson and Anthony Nelson Gonzalez, 29, of Key West, a worker for Coca-Cola, began arguing, the Herald reports. Cliff Pinckard,, "Florida man uses gun to threaten worker blocking aisle at grocery store, police say," 13 Aug. 2019 More than half a million American troops remained in Vietnam and reported crimes had more than doubled since 1960. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodstock, Manson and the march to Utopia," 13 Aug. 2019 The crash was initially reported at 3:30 p.m., police said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police respond to third fatal crash involving bicyclist in two days," 13 Aug. 2019 The preliminary results were reported this morning by Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the partners in the study. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Finally, some good news about Ebola: Two new treatments dramatically lower the death rate in a trial," 12 Aug. 2019 The driver of the motorcycle was reported as conscious, but then lost consciousness. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A motorcyclist died in a single-vehicle accident in Racine County," 11 Aug. 2019 She was married once more than 15 years before her death and had no children, the Republic reported. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "28 years later, family still awaits justice in murder of Fountain Hills woman," 10 Aug. 2019

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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 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



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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a period when something is suspended

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