report ( reports plural & 3rd person present) ( reporting present participle) ( reported past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you report something that has happened, you tell people about it.
They had been called in to clear drains after local people reported a foul smell... V n
I reported the theft to the police... V n to n
The officials also reported that two more ships were apparently heading for Malta... V that
`He seems to be all right now,' reported a relieved Taylor... V with quote
The foreign secretary is reported as saying that force will have to be used if diplomacy fails... be V-ed as -ing/-ed
She reported him missing the next day... V n adj
Between forty and fifty people are reported to have died in the fighting. be V-ed to-inf
2 verb If you reporton an event or subject, you tell people about it, because it is your job or duty to do so.
Many journalists enter the country to report on political affairs... V on n
I'll now call at the vicarage and report to you in due course. V to n
3 n-count A report is a news article or broadcast which gives information about something that has just happened.
usu with supp
...a report in London's Independent newspaper...
4 n-count A report is an official document which a group of people issue after investigating a situation or event.
oft N on n, N by n
After an inspection, the inspectors must publish a report.
5 n-count If you give someone a report on something, you tell them what has been happening.
She came back to give us a progress report on how the project is going...
6 n-count If you say that there are reports that something has happened, you mean that some people say it has happened but you have no direct evidence of it.
usu pl, N of n, N that
There are unconfirmed reports that two people have been shot in the neighbouring town of Lalitpur...
7 verb If someone reports you to a person in authority, they tell that person about something wrong that you have done.
His ex-wife reported him to police a few days later... V n to n
The Princess was reported for speeding twice on the same road within a week. be V-ed for -ing/n
8 verb If you reportto a person or place, you go to that person or place and say that you are ready to start work or say that you are present.
Mr Ashwell has to surrender his passport and report to the police every five days... V to n
None of the men had reported for duty. V for n
9 verb If you say that one employee reportsto another, you mean that the first employee is told what to do by the second one and is responsible to them.
FORMAL no cont
He reported to a section chief, who reported to a division chief, and so on up the line. V to n
10 n-count A school report is an official written account of how well or how badly a pupil has done during the term or year that has just finished.
And now she was getting bad school reports.
in AM, use report card
11 n-count A report is a sudden loud noise, for example the sound of a gun being fired or an explosion.
FORMAL Soon afterwards there was a loud report as the fuel tanks exploded.
reporting report back
1 phrasal verb If you report backto someone, you tell them about something that they asked you to find out about.
The teams are due to report back to the Prime Minister early next year... V P to n
I'll report back the moment I have located him... V P
He would, of course, report back on all deliberations... V P on n
The repairman reported back that the computer had a virus. V P that, Also V n P, V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If you report backto a place, you go back there and say that you are ready to start work or say that you are present. The authorities have ordered all soldiers who have returned from the front line to report back to barracks... V P to n They were sent home and told to report back in the afternoon. V P, Also V P for n
report card ( report cards plural )
1 n-count A report card is an official written account of how well or how badly a pupil has done during the term or year that has just finished.
The only time I got their attention was when I brought home straight A's on my report card.
in BRIT, use report
2 n-count A report card is a report on how well a person, organization, or country has been doing recently.
The President today issued his final report card on the state of the economy.
report structure ( report structures plural ) A report structure is a structure containing a reporting clause and a reported clause or a quote.