When you report something, you tell what happened. After giving the details of your groundbreaking news story, you might end by saying, “...reporting live from Washington, D.C.”

In addition to the action of telling, what gets told is also called a report. Your report on annual snowfall in New Mexico was brief but informative. Report also applies to calling the police or other authorities. You might not like the way your neighbor trims his poodle, but that doesn't mean you should report him for animal abuse.

Primary Meanings of report

to give an account or representation of in words
the act of informing by verbal report
announce one's presence
a sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing)
the general estimation that the public has for a person
Full Definitions of report

v to give an account or representation of in words

account, describe
Type of:
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding

“Dozens of incidents of wife beatings are reported daily in this city”
“The team reported significant advances in their research”
Type of:
announce, denote
make known; make an announcement

v make known to the authorities

“One student reported the other to the principal”
Type of:
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v complain about; make a charge against

“I reported her to the supervisor”
Type of:
complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

v be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism

“Snow reported on China in the 1950's”
maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
Type of:
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

n the act of informing by verbal report

“he heard reports that they were causing trouble”
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summarisation, summarization
the act of preparing a summary (or an instance thereof); stating briefly and succinctly
indirect discourse
a report of a discourse in which deictic terms are modified appropriately (e.g., "he said `I am a fool' would be modified to `he said he is a fool'")
direct discourse, direct quotation
a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g., "he said `I am a fool'")
(Yiddish) a long boring tediously detailed account
report of a mission or task
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
narration, recital, yarn
the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
comment, gossip, scuttlebutt
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
recounting, relation, telling
an act of narration
an outpouring of gossip
hearsay, rumor, rumour
gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
grapevine, pipeline, word of mouth
gossip spread by spoken communication
dirt, malicious gossip, scandal
disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
talk, talk of the town
idle gossip or rumor
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informing, making known
a speech act that conveys information

n a written document describing the findings of some individual or group

study, written report
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a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance
case study
a careful study of some social unit (as a corporation or division within a corporation) that attempts to determine what factors led to its success or failure
white book, white paper
a government report; bound in white
blue book
a report published by the British government; bound in blue
green paper
a preliminary report of government proposals that is published in order to stimulate discussion
progress report
a report of work accomplished during a specified time period
position paper
a report that explains or justifies or recommends some particular policy
medical report
a report of the results of a medical examination of a patient
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document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

n an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

composition, paper, theme
term paper
a composition intended to indicate a student's progress during a school term
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an analytic or interpretive literary composition

n a written evaluation of a student's scholarship and deportment

“his father signed his report card”
report card
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info, information
a message received and understood

n a short account of the news

“the report of his speech”
account, news report, story, write up
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newsletter, newssheet
report or open letter giving informal or confidential news of interest to a special group
a brief report (especially an official statement issued for immediate publication or broadcast)
communique, despatch, dispatch
an official report (usually sent in haste)
urban legend
a story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false; contains elements of humor or horror and is popularly believed to be true
exclusive, scoop
a news report that is reported first by one news organization
market letter
a newsletter written by an analyst of the stock market and sold to subscribers
flash, news bulletin, newsbreak, newsflash
a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
information bulletin
a bulletin containing the latest information
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information reported in a newspaper or news magazine

v announce one's presence

“I report to work every day at 9 o'clock”
check in, sign in
announce one's arrival, e.g. at hotels or airports
check out
announce one's departure from a hotel
clock off, clock out, punch out
register one's departure from work
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announce, denote
make known; make an announcement

n a sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing)

“they heard a violent report followed by silence”
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sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n the general estimation that the public has for a person

“he was a person of bad report
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estimate, estimation
the respect with which a person is held

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