report

noun
re·​port | \ ri-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce report (audio) \

Essential Meaning of report

1 : a story in a newspaper or on radio or television that is about something that happened or that gives information about something a news/weather/financial report a special report on/about health a report from our correspondent in China
2 : a written or spoken description of a situation, event, etc. She wrote/made a report of the meeting. He gave a detailed/full report on/about the project. See More Examplesa medical report a book report She filled out a police report at the scene of the accident. Can you give us a quick progress report? [=an explanation of how something is developing]Hide
3 : an official document that gives information about a particular subject the government's report on crime in 2006 The company issued/published/released its annual (business) report.

Full 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 The 56-year-old woman's story was broken down in a case report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Korin Miller, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 About 41% of AC Transit’s roughly 2,000 operators have been vaccinated, according to an agency staff report. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Ohio report cards are available at reportcard.education.ohio.gov. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 Superintendent Darryl Williams and school board chairwoman Makeda Scott delivered separate updates for the public Tuesday on plans to address the recommendations in a more than 750-page report produced by consultant Public Works LLC. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, 14 Oct. 2021 That report, however, hasn’t gone through scientific peer review. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 Earlier Wednesday, the government released a separate report showing that prices were 5.4 percent higher for US consumers in September than a year ago. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Laundrie, 23, returned home to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1 in the van without Petito, and her parents filed a missing person report on Sept. 11. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 14 Oct. 2021 And yet drama is afoot with the franchise, as a recent New York Times report suggests that FIFA is asking EA for $1 billion for the next four year to license its properties. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Workers said managers ordered third-shift employees in Waterloo not to report to work at their usual 11 p.m. start time. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Find the bait, find the fish—that’s the consensus of freshwater guides from around Alabama this week, who report that the fall migration is underway for largemouths from deep water to the shallows as the water cools. Frank Sargeant, al, 15 Oct. 2021 Notably, both investors and regulatory bodies are requiring public companies to both report on and improve their performance across a wide range of metrics relating to sustainability. Jeff Thomson, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 They are also correlated with each other: People who report high levels of happiness tend to say the same about finding meaning in their lives, and vice versa. Paul Bloom, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Members who know of scab work being performed should report that immediately. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 14 Oct. 2021 Sparkler and Yuan will continue reporting directly to Bergman, while Cacciotti will report to chief revenue officer Dewayne Ector. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 13 Oct. 2021 What happened: Police responded to report a someone shot and found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 The official also cited figures that show that between 2014 and 2020, 81% of those released into the U.S. did report in for their immigration proceedings. Bill Melugin, Fox News, 13 Oct. 2021

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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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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

report

transitive verb

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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