Definition of report verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpɔːrt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they report
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpɔːrt//
    he / she / it reports
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpɔːts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpɔːrts//
    past simple reported
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpɔːtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpɔːrtɪd//
    past participle reported
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpɔːtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpɔːrtɪd//
    -ing form reporting
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtɪŋ//
    Producing TV shows, Solving crime, Journalism
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    give information
  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to give people information about something that you have heard, seen, done, etc. report something (to somebody) The crash happened seconds after the pilot reported engine trouble. The findings are similar to those reported in previous studies. Call me urgently if you have anything to report. The company is expected to report record profits this year. report (on something) (to somebody) The committee will report on its research next month. report (somebody/something) doing something The neighbours reported seeing him leave the building around noon. report somebody/something + adj. The doctor reported the patient fully recovered. report somebody/something as something/as doing something The house was reported as being in excellent condition. be reported to be/have something The house was reported to be in excellent condition. She was reported by the hospital spokesman to be making excellent progress. report (that)… Employers reported that graduates were deficient in writing and problem-solving skills. report what, how, etc… She failed to report what had occurred. + speech ‘The cabin's empty,’ he reported back.
  2. news/story
  3. 2  [transitive, intransitive] to present a written or spoken account of an event in a newspaper, on television, etc. report something The stabbing was reported in the local press. it is reported that… It was reported that several people had been arrested. report that… The TV news reported that several people had been arrested. report (on something) She reports on royal stories for the BBC. See related entries: Producing TV shows, Journalism
  4. 3  be reported [transitive] used to show that something has been stated, and you do not know if it is true or not report to do something She is reported to earn over $10 million a year. report as doing something The President is reported as saying that he needs a break. it is reported that… It was reported that changes were being considered.
  5. crime/accident, etc.
  6. 4  [transitive] to tell a person in authority about a crime, an accident, an illness, etc. or about something bad that somebody has done report something (to somebody) Have you reported the accident to the police yet? a decrease in the number of reported cases of AIDS report somebody (to somebody) (for something/for doing something) She threatened to report him to the authorities for hunting without a licence. He's already been reported twice for arriving late. I’m going to report you if you do that again! report somebody/something + adj. She has reported her daughter missing. See related entries: Solving crime
  7. arrive
  8. 5  [intransitive] report (to somebody/something) (for something) to tell somebody that you have arrived, for example for work or for a meeting with somebody You should report for duty at 9.30 a.m. All visitors must report to the reception desk on arrival.
  9. Word Originlate 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’, which led to ‘inform an authority of one's presence’ (sense (5), mid 19th cent.) and ‘be accountable to a superior’ (late 19th cent.).Extra examples Companies are sometimes reluctant to report economic espionage. He was charged with careless driving and failing to report an accident. I am pleased to report that the plan is going well. I am sad to report that she is not very well. It is with regret that I have to report the death of one of our members. Report the theft to the police as soon as possible. She had dutifully reported this to her superiors. The incident was widely reported in the British press. The reconnaissance party reported back that the town was heavily fortified. This is Dan Baker, reporting for duty. This is John Hutchins, reporting from Zimbabwe. Tonight we report on the situation in central Africa. if the facts that have been reported publicly are true Reporting restrictions on the trial have been lifted. Phrasal Verbsreport backreport back (on something) (to somebody)report to somebody
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