Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from reporter to bring back, report, from Latin reportare, from re- + portare to carry — more at fare
Date: 14th century
a. common talk or an account spread by common talk ; rumor
b. quality of reputation <a witness of good report> 2. a. a usually detailed account or statement <a news report> b. an account or statement of a judicial opinion or decision c. a usually formal record of the proceedings of a meeting or session 3. an explosive noise II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to give an account of ; relate b. to describe as being in a specified state <reported him much improved> 2. a. to serve as carrier of (a message) b. to relate the words or sense of (something said) c. to make a written record or summary of d. (1) to watch for and write about the newsworthy aspects or developments of ; cover (2) to prepare or present an account of for broadcast 3. a. (1) to give a formal or official account or statement of <the treasurer reported a balance of ten dollars> (2) to return or present (a matter referred for consideration) with conclusions or recommendations b. to announce or relate as the result of investigation <reported no sign of disease> c. to announce the presence, arrival, or sighting of d. to make known to the proper authorities <report a fire> e. to make a charge of misconduct against intransitive verb 1. a. to give an account ; tell b. to present oneself <reported to the front desk> c. to account for oneself <reported sick on Friday> d. to work as a subordinate <reports to the vice president> 2. to make, issue, or submit a report 3. to act in the capacity of a reporter
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.