[ri-pawrt, -pohrt]


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


    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
Related formsre·port·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·port·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·port·ed, adjectiveo·ver·re·port, verbpre·re·port, noun, verbqua·si-re·port·ed, adjectivesub·re·port, nounun·re·port·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·port·ed, adjectivewell-re·port·ed, adjective

Synonyms for report Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for report

Contemporary Examples of report

Historical Examples of report

  • There was a report that she had first worn it at her christening; the report originated with herself.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • So I am to report my discharge to you, and ask you for my wages.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • There's a report to-day that —— cannot hold out much longer.

  • Only, my dear, do not disgrace my report when you come to supper.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The moment a report of a gun is heard they'll swarm up to this room and get you.

British Dictionary definitions for report



an account prepared for the benefit of others, esp one that provides information obtained through investigation and published in a newspaper or broadcast
a statement made widely known; rumouraccording to report, he is not dead
an account of the deliberations of a committee, body, etca report of parliamentary proceedings
British a statement on the progress, academic achievement, etc, of each child in a school, written by teachers and sent to the parents or guardian annually or each term
a written account of a case decided at law, giving the main points of the argument on each side, the court's findings, and the decision reached
comment on a person's character or actions; reputationhe is of good report here
a sharp loud noise, esp one made by a gun

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

to give an account (of); describe
to give an account of the results of an investigation (into)to report on housing conditions
(of a committee, legislative body, etc) to make a formal report on (a bill)
(tr) to complain about (a person), esp to a superiorI'll report you to the teacher
(tr) to reveal information about (a fugitive, escaped prisoner, etc) esp concerning his whereabouts
(intr) to present oneself or be present at an appointed place or for a specific purposereport to the manager's office
(intr) to say or show that one is (in a certain state)to report fit
(intr foll by to) to be responsible to and under the authority ofthe plant manager reports to the production controller
(intr) to act as a reporter for a newspaper or for radio or television
law to take down in writing details of (the proceedings of a court of law) as a record or for publication
Derived Formsreportable, 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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Word Origin and History for report

late 14c., "an account brought by one person to another, rumor," from Old French report "pronouncement, judgment" (Modern French rapport), from reporter "to tell, relate" (see report (v.)).

Meaning "resounding noise, sound of an explosion" is from 1580s. Meaning "formal statement of results of an investigation" first attested 1660s; sense of "teacher's official statement of a pupil's work and behavior" is from 1873 (report card in the school sense first attested 1919).


late 14c., "to make known, tell, relate," from Old French reporter "to tell, relate; bring back, carry away, hand over," from Latin reportare "carry back, bear back, bring back," figuratively "report," in Medieval Latin "write (an account) for information or record," from re- "back" (see re-) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Early 15c. as "to submit" (to an authority, etc.). Meaning "to name someone as having offended somehow" is from 1885. Related: Reported; reporting.

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