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



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpɔːrt//
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  1. 1  report (on/of something) a written or spoken account of an event, especially one that is published or broadcast Are these newspaper reports true? And now over to Jim Muir, for a report on the South African election. a weather report Synonymsreport story account versionThese are all words for a written or spoken account of events.report a written or spoken account of an event, especially one that is published or broadcast:Are these newspaper reports true?story an account, often spoken, of what happened to somebody or of how something happened; a report of events in a newspaper, magazine or news broadcast:It was many years before the full story was made public. the front-page storyaccount a written or spoken description of something that has happened:She gave the police a full account of the incident.report or account?A report is always of recent events, especially news. An account may be of recent or past events.version a description of an event from the point of view of a particular person or group of people:She gave us her version of what had happened that day.Patterns a report/​story about something a brief/​short report/​story/​account a full report/​story/​account/​version a news report/​story to give a(n) report/​account/​version Wordfindercensorship, correspondent, coverage, editor, exclusive, journalist, news agency, newspaper, report, stringer See related entries: Types of text, Producing TV shows, TV shows, Journalism
  2. information
  3. 2  report (on something) a spoken or written description of something containing information that somebody needs to have a police/medical report Can you give us a progress report?
  4. official study
  5. 3  report (on something) an official document written by a group of people who have examined a particular situation or problem The committee will publish their report on the health service in a few weeks. see also minority report
  6. story
  7. 4  a story or piece of information that may or may not be true I don't believe these reports of UFO sightings. There are unconfirmed reports of a shooting in the capital. See related entries: Types of story
  8. on student’s work
  9. 5(British English) (North American English report card) a written statement about a student’s work at school, college, etc. a school report to get a good/bad report See related entries: Teaching and learning
  10. employee
  11. 6(British English, business) an employee whose work is the responsibility of a particular manager a weekly meeting with my direct reports He was finding one of his reports very difficult to manage.
  12. of gun
  13. 7the sound of an explosion or of a gun being fired synonym bang, blast a loud report
  14. 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 According to this evening’s weather report, there will be snow tomorrow. Auditors normally issue a report as to whether the company accounts have been prepared correctly. Criticism has been directed at local businesses in a report out today. First reports of the accident are coming in. Following discussion, the annual report was accepted unanimously. Her report questions the scientific validity of the experiment. I based my statement on reports circulating at the time. I typed up a report about the morning’s events for our clients. I will have to make a full report of the situation to my superiors. I’ll let you have a report as soon as I can. Our correspondent in Kabul files a report most days. Reliable intelligence reports suggest that the terrorists have bases in five cities. Reports have indicated that a growing number of medium-sized companies are under financial pressure. She got a better report card this time. The MPs called for a full report on the nuclear contract. The case has not yet been reported in the law reports. The chairman’s report provides a summary of operations. The committee presented its report to the Attorney General. The department has launched a report into the bombing. The findings are summarized in the report. The government commissioned a report on the state of agriculture in the country. The pro-democracy rally came amidst reports of dissatisfaction among army officers. The report admits to several outstanding questions about the safety of the waste dumps. The report called for sweeping changes in the education system. The report continued in similar vein. The report draws attention to the appalling conditions in the country’s prisons. The report fails to explain his decision. The report looks at the health risks linked to obesity. The report notes evidence that secondary smoke from other people’s cigarettes harms unborn children. The report notes evidence that secondary smoke harms unborn children. The report warns that more job losses are likely. The report went on to list her injuries. The riots could have been avoided, a report revealed yesterday. The riots had been sparked off by police mishandling of a case, a report revealed yesterday. The sites generate detailed travel reports. There have been conflicting reports on the number of people killed. There have been many new findings since the original report. These reports surfaced throughout the summer. They could neither confirm nor deny reports that the chairperson was to be replaced. They replied citing a report from the finance department. This report is based on the analysis of 600 completed questionnaires. We have reviewed all reports from today’s battle. We’ll have a live report from Manila in about 30 minutes. We’re investigating reports of an explosion in this area. We’ve had reports of a gang shooting in the city. a confidential report leaked to the press a damaging internal report on the department’s organization a report by scientists a report entitled ‘Kick-start’ a report from the select committee a report linking ill health with industrial pollution a report to the academic community an official report on the accident daily status reports as to how and what we were doing fired for falsifying an expense report investigative news reports about glitches in the system the company’s summary report for the second quarter of this year the consumer report for this 1993 model the government’s latest employment report unconfirmed reports of a shooting in the capital A detailed medical report is required of all applicants. An independent report highlighted some serious flaws in the child protection services. An official report quoted several leading scientists. I don’t believe these reports of UFO sightings. I have to do a report for my boss by tomorrow. I’ve asked Jen for a full report of the meeting. Police are still trying to come to terms with the report, which examined racial attitudes within the force. Police received reports of drug dealing in the area. Sentencing will be delayed until a psychaitric report is carried out. She made her report to her senior colleagues. The autopsy report revealed that the man had been strangled. The committee will publish their report on the health service in a few weeks. The company was asked to submit its annual report. The government commissioned a report into the rioting. The lab report seems to be missing. The report’s authors have asked for more time to complete their enquiries. Very few people in government actually read the report. We will have to wait until they deliver their report before we can come to any conclusions. You will need to compile a report on your findings.Idioms (formal) talked about by people in a bad/good way
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