Meaning of “report” in the English Dictionary

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uk /rɪˈpɔːt/ us /rɪˈpɔːrt/

report verb (TELL)

B1 [ I or T ] to give a description of something or information about it to someone:

We called the insurance company to report the theft.
The assassination was reported in all the newspapers.
I want you to report (to me) on progress (= on what you have done) every Friday.
[ + -ing verb ] Spies reported seeing a build-up of soldiers.
[ + obj + adj ] He was reported missing in action.
The inquiry reports (= will officially make its results known) next week.
be reported to be/do sth

to be described by people as being or doing a particular thing although there is no real proof:

The storm is reported to have killed five people.

[ T ] to make a complaint to a person in authority about something or someone:

My neighbours reported me to the police for firing my rifle in the garden.

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reportnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈpɔːt/ us /rɪˈpɔːrt/

report noun [ C ] (DESCRIPTION)

A2 also school report, US also report card a teacher's written statement to parents about a child's ability and performance at school

B1 a description of an event or situation:

a news/weather report
a company's financial/annual report
I gave/made/submitted a report of the theft to the insurance company.
She sent in weekly reports on the situation.
reports [ plural ]

stories for which you do not yet have real proof:

According to reports, ten pupils were expelled.
We're getting reports of a plane crash in Paris.

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(Definition of “report” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"report" in American English

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us /rɪˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/

report verb (TELL)

[ T ] to give a description of something or information about something to someone:

We called the police to report the theft.
The accident was reported in all the newspapers.
[ + that clause ] The crew reported that the situation was normal.

report verb (GO SOMEWHERE)

[ I always + adv/prep ] to go to a place and say that you are there or inform someone about what you are doing:

I report for work/duty at 8 a.m. every morning.
In this job you’ll be reporting directly to (= working for) the president.

reportnoun [ C ]

us /rɪˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/

report noun [ C ] (TELL)

information about something:

a financial report
I have to write a report on immigration.
According to reports there has been an earthquake in Los Angeles.

(Definition of “report” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"report" in Business English

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reportnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈpɔːt/ us

a spoken or written description of an event or situation:

give/make a report I think it is good practice for companies to make a proper report to shareholders.
write a report She wrote a simple no-nonsense report.
a report on sth Can you give us a report on what happened at the meeting?

a statement that may or may not be true:

a report (that) Its shares have risen 33p over the past 10 days after reports it had received more than one approach.
According to reports from the US, details of the deal were leaked on internet message boards.

also annual report ACCOUNTING, FINANCE a report by a company each year with its audited (= officially examined) accounts, and information on how its management thinks it will do in the future:

In last year's annual report we set a goal to double our revenue within the next five years.

an official document made by someone who has examined a particular subject:

The panel's report said that governments are not spending enough on research.
a report on sth The task force published a scathing report on the impact of regulation on hotels and restaurants.
In a report, he said investors still face risks with this company if a merger does not occur.

IT a search for a particular type of information in a large amount of data, or the results of a search like this:

run/generate a report You may need to run a report for a meeting from your laptop at home.

COMMUNICATIONS an article in a newspaper or on television about a particular situation or event:

The statement was in response to a Dallas Morning News report.
a report on sth The evening news featured a special report on the banking crisis.

HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT someone who works for a particular manager:

He has 15 direct reports.


uk /rɪˈpɔːt/ us

[ T ] COMMUNICATIONS, ACCOUNTING to make a public statement about something:

report a rise/fall/drop They reported a 5.7% drop in sales.
report a profit/loss Their chief executive reported pre-tax profits of £489m.
The government reported the worst job losses in more than four years.

[ I or T ] COMMUNICATIONS to give information about something or a description of something:

Dealers reported some extreme price movements among some of the biggest companies.
Small traders reported long waits to contact internet-based stockbrokers.
report that Staff members reported that morale had reached new lows.
report on sth The task force is due to report on its findings from the industry later this year.
report sth to sb That board has 30 days to report its findings to the President.

[ I or T ] to make an official complaint or statement about someone or something to a person in authority:

report sb/sth to sb She threatened me, and I reported her to the manager.
report sb for sth She reported him for benefit fraud.
report sth stolen/missing/lost 66 vehicles have been reported stolen during the month of April.

[ I ] to go to a place or person and say that you are there:

Anyone entering the building must report to the office.
report to sb He must report daily to a pretrial services officer in San Diego.
She reported for work right on time as usual.

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(Definition of “report” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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