re·​port·​er | \ ri-ˈpȯr-tər How to pronounce reporter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce reportorial (audio) , ˌre-​pə-​ , ˌrē-​ \ adjective
reportorially \ ˌre-​pər-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce reportorially (audio) , 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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29 Apr 2020

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“Reporter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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