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noun [countable] report pronunciation in British English /rɪˈpɔː(r)t/
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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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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