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From Middle English reporten, from Anglo-Norman reporter, Middle French reporter, and their source, Latin reportāre ‎(to carry back, return, remit, refer), from re- + portāre.



report ‎(third-person singular simple present reports, present participle reporting, simple past and past participle reported)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To relate details of (an event or incident); to recount, describe (something). [from 15th c.]
    • 2013 January 1, Paul Bartel, Ashli Moore, “Avian Migration: The Ultimate Red-Eye Flight”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 47–48: 
      Many of these classic methods are still used, with some modern improvements. For example, with the aid of special microphones and automated sound detection software, ornithologists recently reported [] that pine siskins (Spinus pinus) undergo an irregular, nomadic type of nocturnal migration.
  2. (transitive) To repeat (something one has heard), to retell; to pass on, convey (a message, information etc.). [from 15thc.]
  3. (obsolete, reflexive) To take oneself (to someone or something) for guidance or support; to appeal. [15th-18thc.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XVIII, chapter ij:
      thenne they ansuerd by and by that they coude not excuse the quene / [] / Allas sayd the quene I made this dyner for a good entente / and neuer for none euyl soo almyghty god me help in my ryght as I was neuer purposed to doo suche euylle dedes / and that I reporte me vnto god
  4. (transitive) Formally to notify someone of (particular intelligence, suspicions, illegality, misconduct etc.); to make notification to relevant authorities; to submit a formal report of. [from 15thc.]
    For insurance reasons, I had to report the theft to the local police station.
  5. (transitive) To make a formal statement, especially of complaint, about (someone). [from 19thc.]
    If you do that again I'll report you to the boss.
  6. (intransitive) To show up or appear at an appointed time; to present oneself. [from 19thc.]
  7. (transitive, intransitive) To write news reports (for); to cover as a journalist or reporter. [from 19thc.]
    Andrew Marr reports now on more in-fighting at Westminster.
    Every newspaper reported the war.
  8. (intransitive) To be accountable.
    The financial director reports to the CEO.
  9. (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.
  10. To take minutes of (a speech, the doings of a public body, etc.); to write down from the lips of a speaker.
  11. (obsolete) To refer.
    • Thomas Fuller (1606-1661)
      Baldwin, his son, [] succeeded his father; so like unto him that we report the reader to the character of King Almeric, and will spare the repeating his description.
  12. (obsolete, rare) To return or repeat, as sound; to echo.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
      a church with windows only form above, that reporteth the voice thirteen times

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report ‎(plural reports)

  1. 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.
    • 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, Guardian:
      Hospitals are failing to care properly for the growing number of people with dementia, according to an NHS-funded report, which has prompted demands for big improvements to help patients.
  2. (ballistics) The sharp, loud sound from a gun or explosion.
  3. an employee whose position in a corporate hierarchy is below that of a particular manager

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report m ‎(plural reports)

  1. postponement
  2. deferment



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