An account presented usually in detail. A formal account of the proceedings or transactions of a group. Law A published collection of authoritative accounts of court cases or of judicial decisions. Often used in the plural. Common talk; rumor or gossip: According to report, they eloped. Reputation; repute: a person of bad report. An explosive noise: the report of a rifle. To make or present an often official, formal, or regular account of. To relate or tell about; present: report one's findings. See Synonyms at describe. To write or provide an account or summation of for publication or broadcast: report the news. To submit or relate the results of considerations concerning: The committee reported the bill. To carry back and repeat to another: reported the rumor of a strike. To complain about or denounce: reported them to the principal. To make a report. To serve as a reporter for a publication, broadcasting company, or other news media. To present oneself: report for duty. To be accountable: She reports directly to the board of directors. report out To return after deliberation to a legislative body for action: The committee reported the new tax bill out. on report Subject to disclipinary action.