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noun [countable]     report pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a spoken or written account that gives information about a particular subject, situation, or event

    According to the police report, the victim died of a knife wound.

    the company’s annual report

    report on:

    We have to write a short report on the conference.

    1. a.
      mainly spoken details about something that has been happening in your life

      We expect a full report when you get back from Greece.

  2. 2
    an article or broadcast that gives information about something that is happening in the news

    Our next report contains images that some viewers might find upsetting.

    report on:

    Did you see that report about house prices in London?

  3. 3
    an official document on a particular subject, often made by a group of people after studying a problem or situation carefully

    A new report shows violent crime is on the increase.

    report on:

    a government-sponsored report on inner-city unemployment

    I can’t comment on the causes of the accident until I have seen the report’s conclusions.

  4. 4
    a piece of information about an event, that may or may not be true
    report of:

    We’re getting reports of a fresh outbreak of fighting in the region.

    report that:

    The hospital refused to confirm reports that the nurses are considering a strike.

  5. 5
    British a document written by a teacher giving details of a student’s work in a school. The American word is report card.
  6. 6
    formal a sudden loud noise caused by a gun or an explosion
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