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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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The median time between reported onset of an outbreak and the outbreak verification team's receipt of the first report was 18 days (from 1 to 215 days).
However, major funds, as defined in the standard, are reported in separate columns, with nonmajor funds of that category reported in another column, labeled "other."
In particular, Section I provides various tabular presentations of the incidents reported to the FBI.
As important, without substantially more guidance, it will be difficult for taxpayers and tax auditors to discern what aspect or manner of a transaction "affects the information" to be reported.
31, 1998, must be reported on Form 8865 with the taxpayer's return for the first tax year beginning after 1998.
The primary purpose of this statement (exhibit 6, page 63) is to reconcile the difference between obligations, as reported in the federal budget and the statement of budgetary resources, and the net cost of operations as shown in the statement of net cost.
The UCR data are based on the actual counts of offenses reported by law enforcement jurisdictions.
221) usually include amounts not reported on Form 1098-T.
The first comprised 1,966 teenagers who reported in both waves on whether they had "taken a public or written pledge to remain a virgin until marriage," and whose answer in Wave 1 was affirmative; the second consisted of 5,156 respondents who answered a question about sexual experience in both interviews, and who reported in Wave 1 that they had had intercourse.
Approximately 27% of the students surveyed reported setting something on fire that they were not supposed to at least once during the previous 12 months before the survey.
If a creditor reports negative information (late, missed, partial payments, or any other default) to a specialty consumer reporting agency, The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act requires that creditor to notify the consumer no later than 30 days after the negative information is reported. Also under FACTA, a consumer can dispute inaccurate information directly with the creditor, in which case the creditor can't report any more negative information about the consumer until it investigates the dispute.
Schouten (2002) reported that Secretary Paige said, "states should eliminate obstacles--such as requiring formal teaching credentials--and open the teaching ranks to nontraditional applicants" (p.