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1 [reporting verb] give a spoken or written account of something that one has observed, heard, done, or investigated: [with object]:the representative reported a decline in milk and meat production [with clause]:police reported that the flood waters were abating [no object]:the teacher should report on the child’s progress [no object] cover an event or subject as a journalist or a reporter:the press reported on Republican sex scandals [with clause]:the Egyptian news agency reported that a coup attempt had taken place [with object]:the paper reported a secret program by the country to build nuclear warheads
) used to indicate that something has been stated, although one cannot confirm its accuracy: [with infinitive]:these hoaxers are reported to be hacking into airline frequencies to impersonate air traffic controllers (as adjective reported)a reported $50,000 in debt
[with object] make a formal statement or complaint about (someone or something) to the necessary authority:undisclosed illegalities are reported to the company’s directors [with object and complement]:eight horses have been reported missing in the last month [with object] (of a legislative committee) formally announce that the committee has dealt with (a bill):the chairman shall report the bill to the HouseSee also below.
2 [no object] present oneself formally as having arrived at a particular place or as ready to do something:he was given three days to say goodbye to his family and report for active duty
3 [no object]
) be responsible to (a superior or supervisor):the appointee will report to the chairman of the committee
1an account given of a particular matter, especially in the form of an official document, after thorough investigation or consideration by an appointed person or body:the chairman’s annual report a spoken or written description of an event or situation, especially one intended for publication or broadcast in the media:press reports suggested that the government was still using secret police to help maintain public order a teacher’s written assessment of a student’s work, progress, and conduct, issued at the end of a term or academic year. Law a detailed formal account of a case heard in a court, giving the main points in the judgment, especially as prepared for publication. a piece of information that is unsupported by firm evidence and that the speaker feels may or may not be true:reports were circulating that the chairman was about to resign dated rumor:report has it that the beetles have now virtually disappeared archaic the way in which someone or something is regarded; reputation:whatsoever things are lovely and of good report 2a sudden loud noise of or like an explosion or gunfire. 3an employee who is supervised by another employee:all of his reports are twenty-somethings with no concept of proper attire for work
1deliver a spoken or written account of something one has been asked to do or investigate:the deadpan voice of a police officer reporting back to his superior every movement I made was reported back to him 2return to work or duty after a period of absence.