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An official or formal statement of facts or proceedings. To give an account of; to relate; to tell or convey information; the written statement of such an account.For example, one kind of report is the formal statement in writing made to a court by a master, a clerk, or a referee who has been appointed to inquire into a particular matter for the court. Sometimes the report of a public official is distinguished from a return. A return typically discloses something done or observed by the official, whereas a report shows the results of an investigation into matters outside the personal knowledge of the official.

Regularly published volumes of books containing accounts of decisions and opinions of various courts are sometimes referred to as reports, but more often they are called reporters.

The Annual Report for stockholders is prepared by a corporation, a consumer report describes the qualities of a manufactured product, and a credit report assesses the creditworthiness of a business or consumer for a bank or other lender.

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a written account of a decided case giving the main points of the argument on each side, the court's findings, and the decision reached. See also RUBRIC.
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REPORT, legislation. A statement made by a committee to a legislative assembly, of facts of which they were charged to inquire.

REPORT, practice. A certificate to the court made by a master in chancery, commissioner or other person appointed by the court, of the facts or matters to be ascertained by him, or of something of which it is his duty to inform the court.
     2. If the parties in the case accede to the report, find no exceptions are filed, it is in due time confirmed; if exceptions are filed to the report, they will, agreeably to the rules of the court, be heard, and the report will either be confirmed, set aside, or referred. back for the correction of some error. 2 Madd. Ch. 505; Blake's Ch. Pr. 230; Vin. Ab. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Employees called to active duty must notify their employers and report back within specified periods.
"Did he resign?" I asked, when Reed called to report back.
She has to report back to the police at a later date."
His goal is to adapt these systems so that, on command, they can assay and report back concentrations of algal toxins rather than of algae.
Delegates from Australia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, France, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland co-sponsored a draft resolution at the meeting this week that instructs the secretary-general to get actively involved in the various discussions about internet domain and numbering issues and report back each year to the ITU.
Upon completion of the assignment, the individual should report back to and debrief to those representatives of company X who first identified him.
If opponents don't like this idea, they should try to work and live exclusively on the minimum wage for three months and then report back.
In a report back to the Forest Supervisor, AMERICAN FORESTS has suggested a broadening of the policy in terms of its explanation and content.
Samburu county commissioner John Korir has urged parents to ensure all boys report back to school for the third term after the mass circumcision set for August.
class="MsoNormalThe nurses decided to report back to work to allow negotiations between their union and various government and county agencies.
RAWALPINDI -- Salaries of a large number of police officials, who had been performing security duties with unauthorised individuals and did not report back to the police department, have been stopped.
Implementing the orders, 54 elite security forces personnel were called back from Jati Umra, whereas the police also called back 25 of its personnel from the Sharif family's security.It may be noted that excessive security was called-off soon after the disqualification of former premier Nawaz Sharif, while more personnel, deployed for the security of Jati Umra, were now called to report back.