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/ rɪˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt /
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Idioms about report

    on report, Military. (of personnel) under restriction pending disciplinary action.

Origin of report

1325–75; (v.) Middle English reporten<Middle French reporter,Old French <Latin reportāre to carry back, equivalent to re-re- + portāre to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English <Middle French, derivative of reporter


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What is a basic definition of report?

A report is a detailed account of something based on observation and research. Report is also used to mean to relay information or to appear at a destination as ordered. The word report has many other senses as a noun and a verb.

A report is a paper, article, announcement, or similar account that contains detailed information that someone has gathered through observation, study, or other research. Sometimes, another noun is used with report to specify what the report is about. For example, students often write book reports in school in which they analyze books they have read.

  • Real-life examples: Businesses often create budget reports so they can figure out how much money they have to spend. Scientists compile scientific reports in which they present the results of experiments. Sports journalists often compile injury reports that list all of the players who will miss games due to injuries.
  • Used in a sentence: I listened to the weather report on the news to see if I needed to bring an umbrella. 

As a verb, report means to repeat or relay information that a person has heard from another source or has gathered themselves. People who report things (such as at a news agency) are called reporters.

  • Real-life examples: A journalist’s job is to report information to the public. A spy’s job is to gather secret information and report it to their boss. Scientists will report things they have learned to scientific journals or to the news media.
  • Used in a sentence: The tabloid magazine reported sightings of Bigfoot in the woods. 

Report is also used to mean to go to a specific place because you were ordered to.

  • Used in a sentence: General Harris ordered the recruits to report to basic training in the morning.

Where does report come from?

The first records of the verb report come from around 1325. It ultimately comes from the Latin reportāre, meaning to carry. The first records of the noun report come from around 1425. It comes from the Middle French report.

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What are some other forms related to report?

  • reporter (noun)
  • reportable (adjective)
  • nonreportable (adjective)
  • nonreported (adjective)
  • overreport (verb)
  • prereport (verb, noun)
  • quasi-reported (adjective)
  • subreport (noun)
  • unreportable (adjective)
  • unreported (adjective)
  • well-reported (adjective)

What are some synonyms for report?

What are some words that share a root or word element with report

What are some words that often get used in discussing report?

How is report used in real life?

Report is a very common word that often means a detailed account or to disclose information.

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Which of the following is NOT a synonym of report?

A. detail
B. broadcast
C. hide
D. disclose

How to use report in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for report

/ (rɪˈpɔːt) /

verb (when tr, may take a clause as object; when intr , often foll by on)

Derived forms of report

reportable, adjective

Word Origin for report

C14: from Old French, from reporter to carry back, from Latin reportāre, from re- + portāre to carry
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