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[ri-pawrt, -pohrt] /rɪˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/
an account or statement describing in detail an event, situation, or the like, usually as the result of observation, inquiry, etc.:
a report on the peace conference; a medical report on the patient.
a statement or announcement.
a widely circulated statement or item of news; rumor; gossip.
an account of a speech, debate, meeting, etc., especially as taken down for publication.
a loud noise, as from an explosion:
the report of a distant cannon.
a statement of a student's grades, level of achievement, or academic standing for or during a prescribed period of time.
Computers. output, especially printed, containing organized information.
a statement of a judicial opinion or decision, or of a case argued and determined in a court of justice.
reports, Law. a collection of adjudications.
repute; reputation; fame:
a man of bad report.
verb (used with object)
to carry and repeat, as an answer or message; repeat, as what one has heard.
to relate, as what has been learned by observation or investigation.
to give or render a formal account or statement of:
to report a deficit.
to send back (a bill, amendment, etc.) to a legislative body with a formal report outlining findings and recommendations (often followed by out):
The committee reported out the bill.
to make a charge against (a person), as to a superior:
I intend to report him to the dean for cheating.
to make known the presence, condition, or whereabouts of:
to report a ship missing.
to present (oneself) to a person in authority, as in accordance with requirements.
to take down (a speech, lecture, etc.) in writing.
to write an account of (an event, situation, etc.), as for publication in a newspaper.
to relate or tell.
verb (used without object)
to prepare, make, or submit a report of something observed, investigated, or the like.
to serve or work as a reporter, as for a newspaper.
to make one's condition or whereabouts known, as to a person in authority:
to report sick.
to present oneself duly, as at a place:
to report to Room 101.
on report, Military. (of personnel) under restriction pending disciplinary action.
1325-75; (v.) Middle English reporten < Middle French reporter, Old French < Latin reportāre to carry back, equivalent to re- re- + portāre to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English < Middle French, derivative of reporter
Related forms
reportable, adjective
nonreportable, adjective
nonreported, adjective
overreport, verb
prereport, noun, verb
quasi-reported, adjective
subreport, noun
unreportable, adjective
unreported, adjective
well-reported, adjective
1. description, story. 2. bulletin, dispatch. 5. shot, detonation. 11, 12. relay. 15. accuse. 20. narrate, rehearse, recount, describe, detail, repeat. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reports
  • Students are trained to use video-editing software and can enhance their reports with audio slide shows.
  • Few colleges, for-profit or otherwise, publish such reports.
  • Many public colleges release chart-filled accountability reports that purport to show how they spend taxpayer money.
  • News reports followed, then interest from galleries.
  • And there are increasing reports on the human health effects of chemicals used in plastic products.
  • We asked her if anything interesting got left out of her previous reports.
  • Today the evening news reports excited on all the houses, cars, and other flotsam washed away in floods.
  • One entry in church records reports a large investment in vases, stoppers and pestles.
  • But in both are intermixed several injudicious popular reports.
  • His genuine life has received several interpolations from popular reports of no authority.
British Dictionary definitions for reports


an account prepared for the benefit of others, esp one that provides information obtained through investigation and published in a newspaper or broadcast
a statement made widely known; rumour: according to report, he is not dead
an account of the deliberations of a committee, body, etc: a report of parliamentary proceedings
(Brit) a statement on the progress, academic achievement, etc, of each child in a school, written by teachers and sent to the parents or guardian annually or each term
a written account of a case decided at law, giving the main points of the argument on each side, the court's findings, and the decision reached
comment on a person's character or actions; reputation: he is of good report here
a sharp loud noise, esp one made by a gun
verb when tr, may take a clause as object; when intr, often foll by on
to give an account (of); describe
to give an account of the results of an investigation (into): to report on housing conditions
(of a committee, legislative body, etc) to make a formal report on (a bill)
(transitive) to complain about (a person), esp to a superior: I'll report you to the teacher
(transitive) to reveal information about (a fugitive, escaped prisoner, etc) esp concerning his whereabouts
(intransitive) to present oneself or be present at an appointed place or for a specific purpose: report to the manager's office
(intransitive) to say or show that one is (in a certain state): to report fit
(intransitive) foll by to. to be responsible to and under the authority of: the plant manager reports to the production controller
(intransitive) to act as a reporter for a newspaper or for radio or television
(law) to take down in writing details of (the proceedings of a court of law) as a record or for publication
Derived Forms
reportable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from reporter to carry back, from Latin reportāre, from re- + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for reports



late 14c., "an account brought by one person to another, rumor," from Old French report "pronouncement, judgment" (Modern French rapport), from reporter "to tell, relate" (see report (v.)).

Meaning "resounding noise, sound of an explosion" is from 1580s. Meaning "formal statement of results of an investigation" first attested 1660s; sense of "teacher's official statement of a pupil's work and behavior" is from 1873 (report card in the school sense first attested 1919).


late 14c., "to make known, tell, relate," from Old French reporter "to tell, relate; bring back, carry away, hand over," from Latin reportare "carry back, bear back, bring back," figuratively "report," in Medieval Latin "write (an account) for information or record," from re- "back" (see re-) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Early 15c. as "to submit" (to an authority, etc.). Meaning "to name someone as having offended somehow" is from 1885. Related: Reported; reporting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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