re·port | \ ri-ˈpȯrt \

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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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


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.


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

Despite a hiring freeze, Garrett has begun working at a $215,001 salary in the SEC's Office of General Counsel, according to a report by Politico. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "Jersey payback: Rep. BIll Pascrell wants GOP foe Scott Garrett's federal salary cut to $1," 13 July 2018 Kenyon, who lives in Lakeland, was arrested on a charge of video voyeurism, according to a police report. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "She felt skin against her leg. The pastor had his cell phone pointed up her dress, cops say," 13 July 2018 But on Thursday, after a six-month investigation, police released a report that concluded Alan Jay Abrahamson killed himself and staged it as a homicide. Tonya Alanez,, "Murder was elaborately staged suicide, police say," 13 July 2018 Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said a report on the fire has been turned over to the Yolo County district attorney’s office. Javier Panzar,, "Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 According to a recent report, mocktails are among the leading non-alcoholic beverage trends on restaurant menus (along with kombucha and cold brew coffee)., "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 The ban, approved by member nations in April, follows the publication of a report identifying pesticides’ harmful effects on honeybees and wild bees. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018 The report recommended a massive realignment of resources by eliminating or consolidating nearly a third of their 36 barracks. Todd Wallack,, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 The report also found that 11,300 of the 30,700 ER visits for tip-over incidents between 2014 and 2016 involved adults. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last weekend, he was recalled after one day when Braun went on the DL but was still in Milwaukee and just reported back to Miller Park. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers place Thames, Guerra on DL, activate Suter, recall Orf and Wilkerson from minors," 14 July 2018 Former UConn star Shabazz Napier has signed a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday. Staff Report,, "Report: Former UConn Star Shabazz Napier Signs With Nets," 14 July 2018 Schnatter also stepped down from the university’s board of trustees, the Lexington Herald Leader reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Papa John's name removed from Louisville stadium following n-word controversy," 14 July 2018 Buzz60 There are now 100 reported salmonella infections in 33 states linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Sarah Brookbank,, "Honey Smacks recall: 100 salmonella infections in 33 states," 13 July 2018 The Illinois Department of Public Health said 90 people have been sickened by cyclosporiasis, and that a quarter of them reported eating salads from McDonald’s before becoming ill. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "McDonald’s Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora Illnesses," 13 July 2018 Alex Childress, 17, suffered second- and third-degree burns from a giant hogweed plant that brushed against his face and arm while working a summer landscaping job, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Sarah Klein,, "Giant Hogweed Sent This Virginia Teen to the Hospital. Here's What to Know About the Scary Plant That Can Burn Your Skin and Lead to Blindness," 13 July 2018 The plan was allegedly solicited by the slain victim's son and daughter-in-law, reports the Austin-American Statesman. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Third suspect in Texas teen's alleged murder-for-hire plot of father is arrested," 13 July 2018 Even Barack Obama and Donald Trump were affected, with Obama losing a reported 2 million followers, and Trump losing 340,000 followers. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Twitter-Follower Policy Results in Celebs Losing Millions of Followers," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

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



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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