Definition of report in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈpôrt/


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
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  • The spectator observes a certain space and has the capacity to report on what their eyes see.
  • NKA was founded in 1994 to report on activities of contemporary African art and to train young African writers.
  • Parker will report on what's in the bottle, courageously unconcerned by the reputation on the label or by the affability of the wine-maker.
announce, describe, give an account of, detail, outline, communicate, divulge, disclose, reveal, make public, publish, broadcast, proclaim, publicize
1.1 [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
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  • Coverage such as the Time article illustrates reflexivity because it not only reported on the event, but it drew attention to the production of the event as news.
  • But news agency AFP reported on Monday that thousands of the League's supporters took to the streets of the capital Dhaka on Monday in protest.
  • An American editor and newspaperman who reported on the Scopes trial, which concerned evolution.
cover, write about, describe, give details of, commentate on;
investigate, look into, inquire into
1.2 (be reported) 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
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  • Although not reported, the study's findings do not indicate high multicollinearity among cluster variates.
  • However, the captains of the detained ships have been reported as describing the US action as piracy.
  • Although sales fell a reported six percent during the most recent fiscal year, sources remain confident in the sustainability of the Kinkade brand.
1.3 [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
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  • The Communications Authority has called on the general public to make their complaints official by reporting them to the Authority.
  • Garnet was accused of knowing about the plot beforehand and not reporting it to the authorities. he was accused of Jesuitical equivocation.
  • A ferryman to whom they gave a silver 20-shilling piece decided they must be noblemen who were going to fight a duel abroad, and reported them to the authorities.
inform on, tattle on
informal tell on, squeal on, rat on
1.4 [with object] (Of a legislative committee) formally announce that the committee has dealt with (a bill): the chairman shall report the bill to the House See also report a bill out 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
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  • Finally he simply took refuge in his dressing room and refused to report for his next scene, announcing that he hated his wardrobe.
  • When 100 hopeful young boys report for training camp at the end of the summer, they think they are headed for the usual pre-season good time.
  • Within minutes, firefighters off shift and heading home were calling, reporting in and getting ready to go to work.
present oneself, arrive, turn up, clock in, sign in, punch in
informal show up
3 [no object] (report to) Be responsible to (a superior or supervisor): the appointee will report to the chairman of the committee
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  • Seward responds immediately, and reports to Holmwood.
  • Day-to-day activities varied from helping with the telephone and photocopying to reporting to her supervisor about on-going legislative committee hearings and her own bill-analysis research.
  • Analysts and investment bankers now must report to different supervisors, and they must be physically separated.


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
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  • However one defines its official status, the report is to a considerable degree at variance with the picture of the Communist Party of the United States given by historians of the American left.
  • A good case can be made against foreign aid simply by perusing the official documents and reports published by government lending agencies themselves.
  • Unwanted annual reports and other shareholder documents may also bother you.
account, review, record, description, statement;
transactions, proceedings, transcripts, minutes
1.1A 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
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  • She has investigated the events, the media reports and testimony from victims of those attacks.
  • Media reports suggest Eircom does not intend to use the proceeds of any refinancing to repay equity.
  • Media reports at the time described Yeltsin as ‘a brash bear of a man from the Urals brought to Moscow to boost Gorbachev's reform efforts’.
story, account, article, piece, item, column, feature, bulletin, dispatch
1.2A teacher’s written assessment of a student’s work, progress, and conduct, issued at the end of a term or academic year.
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  • Teachers can enter progress reports for each student and print a summary progress report when desired.
  • The teacher completes a report and returns it to the student's school counselor at the end of each grading period.
  • Along the way, I must qualify extreme principles in various ways and then challenge my students with examinations and term paper reports about my lectures.
assessment, report card, evaluation, appraisal
1.3 Law A detailed formal account of a case heard in a court, giving the main points in the judgment, especially as prepared for publication.
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  • The Master of the Court makes policy decisions on investments and supervises her small but well-trained staff in administering these funds and even preparing court reports.
1.4A 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
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  • We never get a complete picture of Sayonara, merely a series of lively second-hand reports, which is very much the point - through these she achieves a mythical status.
  • According to recent reports, Attorney General Michael McDowell is examining legal options to tackle this growth industry.
  • It's been two years since we first began to hear reports of a promising new wave stirring in Thailand, a country whose cinematic past is almost completely unknown in the West.
news, information, word, intelligence
literary tidings
rumor, whisper
informal buzz
archaic bruit
1.5 dated Rumor: report has it that the beetles have now virtually disappeared
1.6 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.
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  • Their rifles made a common report, when, sinking on his wounded limb, part of the body of the savage came into view.
bang, blast, crack, shot, gunshot, explosion, boom
3An employee who is supervised by another employee: all of his reports are twenty-somethings with no concept of proper attire for work
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  • And, I have been a better, more consistent mentor/teacher to my direct reports.


on report

(Especially of a prisoner or member of the armed forces) on a disciplinary charge.
Example sentences
  • However, his continued existence on normal location is not without some cost to staff who have to endure an ongoing tirade of abuse and threat which almost any other inmate would find himself on report for.
  • Mark managed to get himself sin-binned and placed on report twice for late challenges but despite their numerical disadvantage Leigh put together their best move of the match to give Maden his second try.
  • I'll have you up on report so fast your head'll spin!

Phrasal verbs


report back (or report something back)

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
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  • Well, we can't vouch for Stickpix, but if any reader fancies giving 'em a go and reporting back, we'll write up the results.
  • Meanwhile, program managers in budgeted programs would simply spend their allocations, reporting back on how many permits were issued, standards written, inspections done, or citations made.
  • A commission appointed in 1825 to again investigate weirs on the river never reported back to the legislature.
2Return to work or duty after a period of absence.
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  • It has also been learned that the head of strategic development - suspended from duties pending the outcome of the inquiry into overcharging - has reported back for duty.
  • Bettye and Peggy had been told to run out and get something to eat and a quick rest before reporting back for duty.
  • It had nobody on the ground in Washington, networking with legislators and their staffs, listening to the gossip, shooting the breeze - and reporting back to base.

report a bill out

US (Of a committee of Congress) return a bill to the legislative body for action.
Example sentences
  • Despite what appeared to be widespread support for the bills, they were reported out of committee unfavorably.
  • Historically, bills have been given a three-day delay in between the time the Rules Committee reports them out and the House takes them up; that requirement has been waived on numerous occasions in recent years.
  • That's very important to get that over with in August, to get back in September, have the relevant committees report the legislation out.



Pronunciation: /rəˈpôrdəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • As such, the western press was almost entirely focused on the impending war and Rachel's killing received relatively little coverage, which did not venture beyond reportable facts and statements.
  • But he didn't have any sort of reaction that really is reportable to say that he reacted in one way or another to her.
  • West Nile Virus encephalitis has recently been added to the list of designated reportable illnesses.


Late Middle English: from Old French reporter (verb), report (noun), from Latin reportare 'bring back', from re- 'back' + portare 'carry'. The sense 'give an account' gave rise to 'submit a formal report', hence 'inform an authority of one's presence' (sense 2 of the verb, mid 19th century) and 'be accountable (to a superior)' (sense 3 of the verb, late 19th century).

  • Report is from Latin reportare ‘bring back’. The sense ‘give an account’ gave rise to ‘submit a formal report’, hence ‘inform an authority of one's presence’ [19th]. The sense ‘resounding noise’ (report of a gun) is found from the late 16th century.

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Syllabification: re·port

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