re·port·er | \ ri-ˈpȯr-tər \

Definition of reporter 

: one that reports: such as

a : a person who makes authorized statements of law decisions or legislative proceedings

b : a person who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding

c(1) : a person employed by a newspaper, magazine, or television company to gather and report news

(2) : a person who broadcasts news

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Other words from reporter

reportorial \ˌre-pər-ˈtȯr-ē-əl, ˌre-pə-, ˌrē- \ adjective
reportorially \ˌre-pər-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē, ˌre-pə-, ˌrē- \ adverb

Examples of reporter in a Sentence

She's a reporter for one of the major networks. the reporter was careful to ask as many questions as possible without annoying anyone

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First Known Use of reporter

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Phrases Related to reporter

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English Language Learners Definition of reporter

: a person who writes news stories for a newspaper, magazine, etc., or who tells people the news on radio or television



Legal Definition of reporter 

: one that reports: as

a : one who makes authorized statements and publications of court decisions or legislative proceedings also : a publication in which such reports are reproduced — see also citation — compare advance sheet

b : one who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding specifically : court reporter

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