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report

Noun

1 a written document describing the findings of some individual or group; "this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale" [syn: study, written report]
2 a short account of the news; "the report of his speech"; "the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; "the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious" [syn: news report, story, account, write up]
3 the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple" [syn: account]
4 a sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing); "they heard a violent report followed by silence"
5 a written evaluation of a student's scholarship and deportment; "his father signed his report card" [syn: report card]
6 an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition" [syn: composition, paper, theme]
7 the general estimation that the public has for a person; "he acquired a reputation as an actor before he started writing"; "he was a person of bad report" [syn: reputation]

Verb

1 to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental" [syn: describe, account]
2 announce as the result of an investigation, or announce something to the proper authorities; "Dozens of incidents of wife beatings are reported daily in this city"; "The team reported significant advances in their research"
3 announce one's presence; "I report to work every day at 9 o'clock"
4 make known to the authorities; "One student reported the other to the principal"
5 be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism; "Snow reported on China in the 1950's"; "The cub reporter covered New York City" [syn: cover]
6 complain about; make a charge against; "I reported her to the superviser"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A piece of information describing, or an account of certain events given or presented to someone.
    A report by the telecommunications ministry showed that the phone network has a severe capacity problem.
  2. (ballistics) The loud echo sound from a gun.

Derived terms

Translations

information describing events

Verb

  1. (news) To relate details of an event or incident.
    This was our correspondent reporting from Baghdad, Iraq.
  2. (military) To show up or appear at an appointed time; to present oneself.
  3. : To notify of.
    The nuclear plant reported the incident to the authorities.
    Riots have been reported from a remote province of the country.
  4. To be accountable.
    The financial director reports to the CEO

Derived terms

Translations

to relate event
appear or present oneself
to notify
to be accountable

Extensive Definition

In writing, a report is a document characterized by information or other content reflective of inquiry or investigation, which is tailored to the context of a given situation and audience. The purpose of reports is usually to inform. However, reports may include persuasive elements, such as recommendations, suggestions, or other motivating conclusions that indicate possible future actions the report reader might take. Reports can be public or private, and often address questions posed by individuals in government, business, education, and science. Reports often take the structure of scientific investigation: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRAD). They may sometimes follow a problem-solution structure based on the audience's questions or concerns. As for format, reports range from a simpler format with headings to indicate topics, to more complex formats including charts, tables, figures, pictures, tables of contents, abstracts, summaries, appendices, footnotes, hyperlinks, and references.
Types of reports include:
scientific reports, recommendation reports, white papers, annual reports, auditor's reports, workplace reports, census reports, trip reports, progress reports, investigative reports, budget reports, policy reports, demographic reports, credit reports, appraisal reports, inspection reports, military reports, etc.
Many textbooks discuss reports in greater detail. See Gerso minority report, final report, majority report, environmental recourt reports, error and other reports from software systems, etc. n/Gerson's "Technical Writing: Process and Product," Lannon's "Technical Communication," and Blicq's "Technically—Write."

Enterprise reporting

With the dramatic expansion of information technology, and the desire for increased competitiveness in corporations, there has been an increase in the use of computing power to produce unified reports which join different views of the enterprise in one place. Termed Enterprise Reporting, this process involves querying data sources with different logical models to produce a human readable report. One example would be to query the Human Resources databases and the Capital Improvements databases to show how efficiently space is being used across an entire corporation.
Enterprise Reporting is a fundamental part of the larger movement towards improved Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management.
Often implementation involves Extract, Transform and Load (See ETL) procedures into a reporting data warehouse and then use of one or more reporting tools. While reports can be distributed in print form or via email, they are typically accessed via a corporate intranet.
report in German: Report
report in German: Bericht
report in Esperanto: Raporto
report in Spanish: Informe
report in French: Reporting
report in Italian: Report
report in Dutch: Rapport
report in Japanese: レポート
report in Norwegian: Rapport (sjanger)
report in Norwegian Nynorsk: Rapport
report in Portuguese: Relatório
report in Russian: Отчёт

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