report

noun
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

report

verb
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 Arkansas is one of a few states in which more than half of its homeless population is unsheltered, according to a 2020 report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ginny Monk, Arkansas Online, "State campaign getting vaccine to the homeless," 5 Apr. 2021 As of March, 93 officer positions remain open, as well as 43 civilian positions, according to a report. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Portland police officers flee force in droves," 5 Apr. 2021 The average cost of raising a child is $233,610 – excluding the cost of college – for a middle-income family, according to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sophia Eppolito, USA TODAY, "Utah dads will be required to pay half of pregnancy costs under new law," 5 Apr. 2021 Here are Ohio’s five public retirement systems, in order of how heavily they were lobbied in 2020, according to a report from the Ohio Joint Legislative Ethics Committee. cleveland, "Many Ohio Asian Americans feeling let down by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted: Capitol Letter," 5 Apr. 2021 The Seattle Seahawks are looking to sign a wide receiver, according to a report. oregonlive, "Russell Wilson once again wants the Seattle Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown: Report," 5 Apr. 2021 In 2014, authorities restricted Ramadan celebrations, and, according to a report from the region, police gunned down a family during a house-to-house search for women wearing head scarves. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 The average cost of raising a child is $233,610 – excluding the cost of college – for a middle-income family, according to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. chicagotribune.com, "Utah dads to be required to pay half of pregnancy costs," 5 Apr. 2021 In a similar vein, 2021 earnings for the companies in the Japan MSCI index are expected to rise 36%, according to a recent report from Yardeni Research. Simon Constable, WSJ, "Japanese Stocks Are Back on U.S. Investors’ Radar," 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That echoes the job gains registered in last week’s big jobs report—a snapshot of what the labor market looked like as of mid-March—which showed significant employment gains at restaurants and the like. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "U.S. Is Primed for Spring Hiring Spree," 6 Apr. 2021 Forbes’ Janhoi McGregor covered a new Nikkei Asia report that the company is planning updates to its Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip devices. Dwight Silverman, Forbes, "The Future Folds, But Not With Your Phone. Lenovo’s Folding Laptop Makes More Sense.," 6 Apr. 2021 To understand why, just consider one particular headline that emerged on Friday: The March 2021 jobs report. Andy Meek, BGR, "Forget a one-time $1,400 stimulus check – this new plan might give you monthly payments," 2 Apr. 2021 That's a precursor to tomorrow's big non farm payrolls report. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "From Bitcoin to Tesla—Here are the big winners and losers for Q1," 1 Apr. 2021 The mandator Canadian quarantine is serious; there’s a smartphone app that requires you to self-report each day, plus calls and in-person visits from government officials. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "From 400,000 daily crossings to a trickle: No end in sight for U.S.-Canadian border closure," 1 Apr. 2021 The government’s monthly jobs report on Friday is projected to show manufacturing payrolls increased by 35,000 in March, the strongest in four months. BostonGlobe.com, "US manufacturing surges most since 1983, underscoring rebound," 1 Apr. 2021 According to the data firm FactSet, economists expect the March jobs report being released Friday to show that the economy added a sizable 614,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, "US jobless claims rise to 719K as virus still forces layoffs," 1 Apr. 2021 The team that wrote the WHO report also considered research done outside of China that found no evidence that the virus was engineered in a lab. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "WHO report into the pandemic raises more questions," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of report

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for report

Noun

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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report

noun

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

report

verb

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.)

report

noun
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

report

verb
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

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Verb

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.

report

noun
re·​port

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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