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 Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report. Steve Peoples, BostonGlobe.com, "Insurrection marks moment of reckoning for Republicans," 7 Jan. 2021 Chronicle Staff Writer Tatiana Sanchez contributed to this report. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland police commission approves 4 candidates for next chief; final decision rests with Schaaf," 7 Jan. 2021 Times staff writer Andrea Roberson contributed to this report. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County hospitals are losing the battle against COVID-19 surge as problems multiply," 6 Jan. 2021 Reporter Hillary Borrud contributed to this report. oregonlive, "Multnomah, Clackamas commissioners will choose the next Oregon Senate member Wednesday," 6 Jan. 2021 Nancy Cordes, Grace Segers and Melissa Quinn contributed to this report. CBS News, "How to watch Congress count the Electoral College votes," 6 Jan. 2021 Fox News' Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report. Tyler Olson, Fox News, "Georgia Senate runoff elections: What to know," 5 Jan. 2021 Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Saudi Arabia lifts blockade of Qatar in breakthrough agreement easing Gulf crisis," 5 Jan. 2021 AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report. Tom Withers, ajc, "Cleveland rocked: Browns lose Stefanski vs Steelers to virus," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb System employees only will report to work onsite the week of January 4 – 8. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "2 Georgia school systems will delay reopening due to COVID-19 outbreak," 4 Jan. 2021 McHale and Jeong will be in Los Angeles, and Kelly Osbourne will report from Times Square. oregonlive, "New Year’s Eve 2020 TV specials: How to watch and stream toasts, roasts, Pink Martini, and more," 31 Dec. 2020 Come February, the NBA and NHL will be nearing midseason, MLB teams will report to spring training and the NFL will stage its Super Bowl. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "When in 2021 will pro, college and youth sports return to normal?," 31 Dec. 2020 Tarrant County will next report coronavirus numbers Saturday because of the holiday. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Tarrant County reports 3,116 new coronavirus cases, 26 deaths as hospitalizations continue to climb," 31 Dec. 2020 State officials will not report coronavirus figures Friday in observance of the holiday. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "With 9,632 new coronavirus cases, Ohio ends year with over 700,000 in all: Thursday update," 31 Dec. 2020 In addition to his political anchor duties, House will also report and be a fill-in anchor. Rick Green, courant.com, "Dennis House returns to TV as political anchor for News 8," 21 Dec. 2020 The heads of each studio, from Kevin Feige to Kathleen Kennedy, will report to Horn and Bergman. Lindsey Bahr, chicagotribune.com, "Alan Bergman succeeds Alan Horn as Disney Studios chairman," 21 Dec. 2020 Pitchers and catchers will report first in mid-February, followed by position players a few days later. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' AJ Hinch explains his affinity for utility players, and how to manage them," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Report.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/report. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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report

noun
How to pronounce report (audio)

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

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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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