- Report is defined as a collection of information about something or rumors or gossip that is being spread.
- An example of report is a paper a student writes about a book.
- An example of report is a summary of findings provided after a committee investigates a situation.
- An example of report is a teacher's description of student behavior at a conference with his parents.
- An example of report is when someone says they heard from a friend of a friend that a UFO was spotted.
- The definition of report is giving an account of something or repeating something you've heard.
- An example of report is when a person calls the police to tell them about a crime.
- An example of report is when a journalist goes to the Middle East to cover a war.
- to give an account of, often at regular intervals; give information about (something seen, done, etc.); recount
- to carry and repeat (a message, etc.)
- to write an account of for presentation to others or for publication, as in a newspaper
- to make known the presence, approach, etc. of: to report strange aircraft overhead
- to give a formal statement or official account of; announce formally (the results of an investigation, etc.)
- to present or return (something referred for study, action, etc.) with the conclusions reached or recommendations made: often with out: the committee reported the bill out
- to make a charge about (something) or against (someone) to a person in authority: to report a rudeness, to report a thief
Origin of reportMiddle English reporten from Old French reporter, to carry back from Classical Latin reportare from re-, back + portare, to carry: see port
- to make a report
- to work as a reporter
- to present oneself or make one's presence known: to report for duty
- to be responsible or subordinate (to a superior)
- rumor; gossip; common talk: report has it that you will resign
- reputation: a person of good report
- a statement or account brought in and presented, often for publication: a report of a battle
- a formal or official presentation of facts or of the record of some proceedings, an investigation, etc.
- a loud, resounding noise, esp. one made by an explosion
- a formal account or record of a court case, decision, etc.
- [pl.] the official records, published periodically, of court cases, decisions, etc.
Origin of reportME < OFr < the v.
- a. A formal account of the proceedings or transactions of a group: a company's annual report.b. A spoken or written account of an event, usually presented in detail: a news report; reports of children getting food poisoning.
- A person who is accountable or subordinate to another person within a company or organization: a manager with two reports.
- reports Law Bound volumes containing the published court opinions in legal cases, intended to provide a reference for precedents in subsequent cases.
- a. Reputation; repute: We know him only by report.b. Archaic Common talk; rumor or gossip.
- An explosive noise: the report of a rifle.
verbre·port·ed, re·port·ing, re·ports
- a. To make or present an official or formal account of: The study reported a decline in heart disease. The audit reports that the company lost money.b. To write or provide an account or summation of for publication or broadcast: report the news.
- a. To tell about the presence or occurrence of: A burglar was reported in the area.b. To relate or tell, especially from personal experience: They reported that fallen tree limbs were blocking the road. See Synonyms at describe.
- To submit or relate the results of considerations concerning: The committee reported the bill.
- To carry back and repeat to another: reported the rumor of a strike.
- To complain about or denounce: reported the students to the principal.
- To make a report: Would you please report on what happened?
- To serve as a reporter for a publication, broadcasting company, or other news media.
- To present oneself: report for duty.
- To be accountable or subordinate to someone: She reports directly to the board of directors.
Origin of reportMiddle English from Old French from reporter to report from Latin reportāre re- re- portāre to carry ; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present reports, present participle reporting, simple past and past participle reported)
- (intransitive) To relate details of (an event or incident); to recount, describe (something). [from 15th c.]
- To repeat (something one has heard), to retell; to pass on, convey (a message, information etc.). [from 15th c.]
- Formally to notify someone of (particular intelligence, suspicions, illegality, misconduct etc.); to make notification to relevant authorities; to submit a formal report of. [from 15th c.]
- For insurance reasons, I had to report the theft to the local police station.
- To make a formal statement, especially of complaint, about (someone). [from 19th c.]
- If you do that again I'll report you to the boss.
- (intransitive) To show up or appear at an appointed time; to present oneself. [from 19th c.]
- (intransitive) To write news reports (f); to cover as a journalist or reporter. [from 19th c.]
- Andrew Marr reports now on more in-fighting at Westminster.
- Every newspaper reported the war.
- (intransitive) To be accountable.
- The financial director reports to the CEO.
- (politics, dated) To return or present as the result of an examination or consideration of any matter officially referred.
- The committee reported the bill with amendments, or reported a new bill, or reported the results of an inquiry.
- To take minutes of (a speech, the doings of a public body, etc.); to write down from the lips of a speaker.
- A piece of information describing, or an account of certain events given or presented to someone, with the most common adpositions being by (referring to creator of the report) and on (referring to the subject.
- A report by the telecommunications ministry on the phone network revealed a severe capacity problem.
- (ballistics) The sharp, loud sound from a gun or explosion.