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Report

report n

: a usually detailed account or statement: as
a : an account or statement of the facts of a case heard and of the decision and opinion of the court or of a quasi-judicial tribunal determining the case
b : a written submission of a question of law (as by a lower court) to an appellate court for review before final decision is entered
c : a usually formal and sometimes official statement giving the conclusions and recommendations of a person (as a master) or group (as a legislative committee) authorized or delegated to consider a matter or proposal [the committee made an unfavorable on the bill]
d : a usually formal account of the results of an investigation given by a person or group delegated or authorized to make the investigation
e : an analysis of operations and progress and a statement of future plans made at stated intervals by an administrator or executive or group of executives to those to whom such a report is owed [the board of directors issued its annual to the stockholders]
vt 1 a : to make a written record or summary of [ a case]
b : to make a shorthand record of
2 a : to give a formal or official account or statement of
b : to return or present (a matter officially referred for consideration) with conclusions or recommendations
;specif
: report out
c : to announce or relate as the result of a special search, examination, or investigation
d : to make known to the proper authorities [ed the fire]
e : to make a charge of misconduct against [ed him for harassment]
vi
1 : to present oneself [ed for jury duty]
2 : to make, issue, submit, or present a report [the committee will this afternoon]



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.