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


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

Between 2010 and 2016, the global suicide rate decreased by 9.8%, the UN health body said in its second report on the issue. Katie Hunt, CNN, "One person dies every 40 seconds from suicide, WHO says," 9 Sep. 2019 Those concerns grew in early 2017 after the US intelligence community released its public report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which said Putin himself ordered the operation. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Report: US extracted top spy in Russia in 2017," 9 Sep. 2019 Earnings update Shares of workplace messaging company Slack were hammered after the company disappointed Wall Street with its first quarterly earnings report. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Trade hope emerges and the bond rate inversion ends," 8 Sep. 2019 According to the report, Sentsov arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday afternoon. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Imprisoned Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Freed in Prisoner Swap," 7 Sep. 2019 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 1400 block of Lexington Ave. at about 12:15 p.m. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD officers fired upon after surrounding Fountain Square home," 7 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, the Carroll County Health Department issued an overdose alert due to reports of multiple people overdosing in a 24-hour period, something health officials have said usually indicates at least four overdoses have occurred. Jon Kelvey,, "Drug, alcohol overdoses in Carroll County continue downward year-over-year trend, data show," 7 Sep. 2019 Coutee was limited in practice Thursday as the Texans filed their first injury report of the season after spraining his ankle during the first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Keke Coutee, Zach Fulton limited in practice," 5 Sep. 2019 Moreover, according to Restore Our Communities' 2016 report on probation revocation in Wisconsin, staying on paper and out of prison is an accomplishment in itself. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Unlock the Vote campaign seeks to restore ex-offenders' voting rights," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The news, first reported by TechCrunch, comes as the company faces pressure to clean up its finances following a lackluster Wall Street debut in May. The company has a history of steep losses and its revenue growth is slowing. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Uber is laying off hundreds of staffers, again," 10 Sep. 2019 The news was first reported by Craig Medred, an independent journalist in Alaska. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Sarah Palin's husband apparently files for divorce: "Impossible to live together"," 10 Sep. 2019 This year, Jurvetson also donated money to the Democratic National Committee on Warren’s behalf, as first reported by BuzzFeed, to help her campaign purchase information about voters (she was not solicited directly by Warren)., "Warren set up her primary campaign with big money, then swore it off - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Two of his California shows — in San Diego and Santa Barbara — have been canceled due to illness, as reported last Friday by U-T music critic George Varga. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Dave Matthews Band and KAABOO stir up memories of Street Scene," 9 Sep. 2019 As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the two companies confirmed the allegation. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple, Foxconn caught breaking Chinese labor laws while making iPhones," 9 Sep. 2019 The deal, which was first reported by ProFootballTalk, is reportedly for one-year, $1.25 million. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals sign veteran offensive tackle Jordan Mills, put Marcus Gilbert on IR," 9 Sep. 2019 Work injuries are not reported by the factory, and verbal abuse is common there. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple Admits Breaking Chinese Labor Laws in the World’s Largest iPhone Factory," 9 Sep. 2019 The decision to draft a resolution laying out the boundaries of the investigation was first reported by Politico last week and later confirmed by NBC News. NBC News, "House lays out its impeachment probe," 9 Sep. 2019

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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 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


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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