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verb report pronunciation in British English /rɪˈpɔː(r)t/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereporting
past tensereported
past participlereported
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to give information about something in a news article or broadcast
    The story was reported differently on every news channel.
    report on: Three journalists were sent to report on the conflict.
    report that: Correspondents reported that the president had lost control of the country.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to provide information about something that exists or has happened
    Wholesalers report a sharp increase in sales of organic vegetables.
    report doing something: Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise before the plane crashed.
    report that: The victim’s neighbours reported that they had heard gunshots in the night.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to produce an official statement or written document about a particular subject, especially after studying it carefully
    The committee will report the results of its investigation tomorrow.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to tell someone in authority about a crime, something dangerous etc
    Passers-by reported smoke coming from the abandoned factory.
    report something to someone: If you see anything suspicious, you must report it to the appropriate authorities.
    report someone/something missing: The boys were reported missing when they didn’t come home for dinner.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] to tell someone that you are present or ready to start working
    report to: Cline always reported to his manager first thing in the morning.
    report for duty: Officers should report for duty no later than Wednesday, 9.15.


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