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English noun: report

1. report (communication) a written document describing the findings of some individual or group

SamplesThis accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale.

Synonymsstudy, written report

Broader (hypernym)document, papers, written document

Narrower (hyponym)assay, blue book, case study, green paper, medical report, position paper, progress report, white book, white paper

2. report (communication) the act of informing by verbal report

SamplesHe heard reports that they were causing trouble.
By all accounts they were a happy couple.


Broader (hypernym)informing, making known

Narrower (hyponym)anecdote, comment, debriefing, direct discourse, direct quotation, gossip, indirect discourse, megillah, narration, recital, scuttlebutt, summarisation, summarization, yarn

3. report (communication) a short account of the news

SamplesThe report of his speech.
The story was on the 11 o'clock news.
The account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious.

Synonymsaccount, news report, story, write up

Broader (hypernym)news

Narrower (hyponym)bulletin, communique, despatch, dispatch, exclusive, newsletter, newssheet, scoop, urban legend

4. report (event) a sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing)

SamplesThey heard a violent report followed by silence.

Broader (hypernym)noise

5. report (communication) a written evaluation of a student's scholarship and deportment

SamplesHis father signed his report card.

Synonymsreport card

Broader (hypernym)info, information

6. report (communication) an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

SamplesHe got an A on his composition.

Synonymscomposition, paper, theme

Broader (hypernym)essay

Narrower (hyponym)term paper

7. report (cognition) the general estimation that the public has for a person

SamplesHe acquired a reputation as an actor before he started writing.
He was a person of bad report.


Broader (hypernym)estimate, estimation

English verb: report

1. report (communication) to give an account or representation of in words

SamplesDiscreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental.

ExamplesThey report that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsaccount, describe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)inform

2. report (communication) announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding

SamplesDozens of incidents of wife beatings are reported daily in this city.
The team reported significant advances in their research.

ExamplesThey report the information to them

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)announce, denote

3. report (communication) announce one's presence

SamplesI report to work every day at 9 o'clock.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)announce, denote

Narrower (hyponym)check in, check out, clock off, clock out, punch out, sign in

4. report (communication) make known to the authorities

SamplesOne student reported the other to the principal.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)inform

5. report (communication) be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism

SamplesSnow reported on China in the 1950's.
The cub reporter covered New York City.

ExamplesThey won't report the story


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)inform

Verb groupcover

6. report (communication) complain about; make a charge against

SamplesI reported her to the supervisor.

ExamplesSam cannot report Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

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