American English

Definition of report verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they report
    he / she / it reports
    past simple reported
    -ing form reporting
    jump to other results
    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 neighbors 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 local restaurants for the magazine.
  4. 3be 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 someone 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 license. 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.
  7. arrive
  8. 5[intransitive] report (to somebody/something) (for something) to tell someone that you have arrived, for example for work or for a meeting with someone You should report for duty at 9:30 a.m. All visitors must report to the reception desk on arrival.
  9. Phrasal Verbsreport backreport back (on something) (to somebody)report to somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: report