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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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 Moneyval evaluators visited the Holy See in the fall and were presenting their report to member states for discussion and adoption. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Pope aims to cut down on corruption among Vatican managers," 29 Apr. 2021 According to his report a year later, students who took out federal loans in the 1990s had repaid, on average, 105% of the original balance a decade later, including interest. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "Is the U.S. Student Loan Program Facing a $500 Billion Hole? One Banker Thinks So.," 29 Apr. 2021 Mayo noted Hamed neither noted the presence of any pills in his report nor put anything into evidence, so Mayo went to New Chicago Police Chief Bill Perry with the situation, according to the affidavit. Michelle L. Quinn,, "Former New Chicago officer faces drug charges," 29 Apr. 2021 In its most recent accreditation report, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges noted that Farmington High School isn’t fully compliant with Americans With Disabilities Act standards. Don Stacom,, "Advocates promote case for $135 million new Farmington High School," 29 Apr. 2021 In his report, DiNapoli offered several recommendations to help bring visitors back to the city as quickly as possible. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "New York City tourism suffered massive decline during pandemic, report shows," 29 Apr. 2021 Sharman and fellow Lightfoot attorney Liz Huntley assisted the Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Council in its report on the law enforcement response to protests in Huntsville last summer, which was issued April 22. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama lawyer joins investigation into Trump’s involvement in Georgia election," 29 Apr. 2021 The news release went out nine hours before the company was scheduled to announce its first quarter earnings report in the U.S. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford promotes 2 men to speed 'turnaround' in China, South America, India," 28 Apr. 2021 In 2012, the FTC commissioned a study and discovered 1 in 5 Americans had a mistake on their credit report. Danielle James, Essence, "6 Ways To Better Credit (Even If You Don’t Make A Lot Of Money)," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Alexis Oatman and Cameron Fields report that though Gov. Mike DeWine has eliminated mass-gathering limits for outdoor events, many ceremonies have not yet returned to normal. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio Republicans want voters to change redistricting process – before it’s ever been used: The Wake Up for Thursday, April 29, 2021," 29 Apr. 2021 State education officials are not tracking when the cases occur, only when local school officials report them to the state., "Mass. reports 718 new coronavirus cases among public school students, 94 among school staff over two-week period," 29 Apr. 2021 Rachel Swan and Michael Williams report on what the body camera footage shows about the moments before Gonzalez’s death. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Two people called in minor police complaints. The result was deadly," 29 Apr. 2021 Commanders report having to buy their own sniper rifles on the black market. New York Times, "How Long Can the Afghan Security Forces Last on Their Own?," 28 Apr. 2021 Note: Many other companies also report non-GAAP earnings with adjustments meant to provide more insight into their operations. John S. Tobey, Forbes, "Tesla’s ‘Hidden’ Shareholder Risk: Executive Options, Pushed To The Limit," 28 Apr. 2021 But many victims, especially immigrants here illegally, don’t report, worried about family members’ safety and dealing with U.S. law enforcement or notoriously corrupt Mexican counterparts. Los Angeles Times, "‘Sitting ducks for organized crime’: How Biden border policy fuels migrant kidnapping, extortion," 28 Apr. 2021 At one point, someone called 911 to report a large crowd. Saki Knafo, The New Yorker, "Bridging the Divide Between the Police and the Policed," 28 Apr. 2021 According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 82% of managers report that the value second chance employees bring to their organization is as high as, or higher than, that of workers without records. CNN, "Nearly 70 million Americans have criminal records. We must give them a second chance," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Report.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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

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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.



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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