What is the meaning of report?


  • A written document describing the findings of some individual or group.
    • usage: "this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale"
  • The act of informing by verbal report.
    • usage: "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
  • A short account of the news.
    • usage: "the report of his speech"; "the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; "the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"
  • A sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing. )
    • usage: "they heard a violent report followed by silence"
  • A written evaluation of a student's scholarship and deportment.
    • usage: "his father signed his report card"
  • An essay (especially one written as an assignment. )
    • usage: "he got an A on his composition"
  • The general estimation that the public has for a person.
    • usage: "he acquired a reputation as an actor before he started writing"; "he was a person of bad report"


  • To give an account or representation of in words.
    • usage: "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
  • Announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding.
    • usage: "Dozens of incidents of wife beatings are reported daily in this city"; "The team reported significant advances in their research"
  • Announce one's presence.
    • usage: "I report to work every day at 9 o'clock"
  • Make known to the authorities.
    • usage: "One student reported the other to the principal"
  • Be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism.
    • usage: "Snow reported on China in the 1950's"; "The cub reporter covered New York City"
  • Complain about; make a charge against.
    • usage: "I reported her to the supervisor"
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APAWordNet. (2010). report. Retrieved March 21, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/report/definitions/1217245
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