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

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 All racial and ethnic subgroups saw improvement in 2021, according to the report, but the increase was particularly pronounced among Hispanic respondents. David Harrison, WSJ, 23 May 2022 According to the report, several debit card charges were marked out on copies of the 2019 bank statements. Arkansas Online, 23 May 2022 Teenagers are much more likely than younger children to go missing, according to the report. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 The victim was transported to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, where he was declared dead, according to the report. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 23 May 2022 Trump told them that legislatures were the linchpin in his strategy, more important than the courts or Congress, according to the report. Nick Corasaniti, BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2022 Nine of these alleged abusers remain active in SBC ministry or are still connected to the church, according to the report. Dan Carson, Chron, 22 May 2022 Officers also used similar accounts to pose as residents attacking police critics and local officials, according to the report. Omar Jimenez, Andy Rose And Ray Sanchez, CNN, 21 May 2022 According to the report, the system’s radar did not lock onto any of the Israeli aircraft and, therefore, posed no serious danger to them. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gifts make the Czech Republic—which in April became the first NATO country to report donating tanks to Ukraine—the first to give Ukraine attack helicopters as well. WSJ, 24 May 2022 Women were significantly more likely than men to report experiencing or witnessing inappropriate behaviors of all types, the survey found. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2022 There is no comprehensive mechanism for detecting or investigating Cronobacter infections, and only one state, Minnesota, requires doctors and laboratories to report cases to the authorities. New York Times, 23 May 2022 In addition to this week’s retail earnings, investors are looking ahead to Zoom Video, which is set to report results Monday after the close. NBC News, 23 May 2022 The teenager exited at Union Centre Road and called 911 to report the shooting. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 21 May 2022 To report cases of child exploitation, visit www.cybertipline.com. Hartford Courant, 21 May 2022 For those who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the electronic consumer-complaint monitoring system is online. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 May 2022 Counties have until three weeks after the election — June 7 — to finish the recount and another day to report results to the state. Marc Levy, Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 See More

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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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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

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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

report

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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