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.

Definitions of report
  1. verb
    to give an account or representation of in words
    synonyms: account, describe
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  2. verb
    announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding
    “The team reported significant advances in their research”
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    announce, denote
    make known; make an announcement
  3. verb
    make known to the authorities
    “One student reported the other to the principal”
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  4. verb
    complain about; make a charge against
    “I reported her to the supervisor”
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    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  5. verb
    be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism
    “Snow reported on China in the 1950's”
    synonyms: cover
    maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  6. noun
    the act of informing by verbal report
    “he heard reports that they were causing trouble”
    synonyms: account
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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
  7. noun
    a written document describing the findings of some individual or group
    synonyms: 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)
  8. noun
    an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
    synonyms: composition, paper, theme
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    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
  9. noun
    a written evaluation of a student's scholarship and deportment
    “his father signed his report card”
    synonyms: report card
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    info, information
    a message received and understood
  10. noun
    a short account of the news
    “the report of his speech”
    synonyms: 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
  11. verb
    announce one's presence
    “I report to work every day at 9 o'clock”
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    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
  12. noun
    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)
  13. noun
    the general estimation that the public has for a person
    “he was a person of bad report
    synonyms: reputation
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    estimate, estimation
    the respect with which a person is held
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