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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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.

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

Schwab has been moving further into wealth management for clients formerly represented by elite Wall Street firms, according to the Journal report. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Report: USAA may sell wealth-management business to Charles Schwab," 15 July 2019 However, there is also a report from news outlet Esto Es Atleti which states that a €50m fee has been agreed between the two clubs, but it should be noted that no other outlets have reported such an agreement as of yet. SI.com, "James Rodriguez Nears Atletico Switch as Real Madrid Grow Frustrated With Napoli's Hesitance," 15 July 2019 The following is the daily intake report for the Carroll County Detention Center provided by the Central Booking Unit. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Daily arrest report for those arrested July 14, 2019," 15 July 2019 The illuminating report details actionable ways in which women can navigate complicated workplace dynamics and excel in executive-level roles. Stephanie Walden, USA TODAY, "What everyone can learn from a new report on women’s leadership styles," 15 July 2019 Several economic reports are also on the schedule, including updates on retail sales, the housing industry and shoppers’ confidence. Washington Post, "US stocks drift sideways as curtain rises for earning season," 15 July 2019 Sunday’s episode captured the Housewives’ reaction to the initial media report. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "RHOP: Ashley Darby Says She Had a 'Breakdown' After Cameraman Accused Husband of Sexual Assault," 15 July 2019 There was a report this year that found Las Vegas is the fastest-warming city in the country and has seen an average temperature increase of nearly 6 degrees since 1970. Rick Maese, courant.com, "Extreme heat is changing sports, from the Olympics to local races," 15 July 2019 Analysis: Arizona's job market has improved, but not as dramatically as the federal report indicated. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Ducey is cheerleader-in-chief for the state economy. Is his enthusiasm justified?," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ed Cara at Gizmodo reports that to understand whether insects also experience this long-lasting version of pain, researchers damaged one leg in a group of fruit flies, an injury which can cause chronic nerve pain. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Finds Insects Can Experience Chronic Pain," 17 July 2019 Channel 10 subsequently reported that the town found no misconduct by the police, the newspaper said. Lynn Arditi, BostonGlobe.com, "Going Quiet: Rhode Island among the states hiding 911 recordings from families, lawyers, and the general public," 16 July 2019 Storms have also killed at least 29 people in Bangladesh in the last week, including 18 hit by lightning, reports the BBC. Amy Gunia, Time, "Millions Displaced as Monsoon Floods Hit India, Nepal and Bangladesh," 16 July 2019 Quicken Loans, which owns the Rocket Mortgage brand, is one of several large nationwide mortgage lenders that have reported exceptionally strong second quarter results, according to the HousingWire news service. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Quicken Loans says it just had the best quarter in its history," 16 July 2019 That’s the highest rate of infection with this parasite seen in any wild bird population in Northern Europe, the researchers report today in Royal Society Open Science. Kelly Mayes, Science | AAAS, "Researchers think they know what’s killing London’s iconic sparrow," 16 July 2019 Security moved the older boy to a room two doors down the hall and reported the assault to St. John's Northwestern officials, the suit maintained. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Florida family says lax supervision led to assault at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy. Now they're suing.," 16 July 2019 When the Buffalo Bills report to training camp next week at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, one of the NFL team's preseason tasks will be deciding who'll start at cornerback with Tre'Davious White. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Bills cornerback Levi Wallace: ‘Alabama taught me those lessons’," 16 July 2019 In the 30 years since the term was coined, astronauts have repeatedly reported experiencing the overview effect from the International Space Station. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Spaceflight and Spirituality, a Complicated Relationship," 16 July 2019

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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

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

reporter noun

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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