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Report, subst. 1) a telling or speaking of something: “therefore have I slept in your r.” H6A III, 1, 28 5 (== omitted to speak of you). “which lames r. to follow it,” Wint. V, 2, 62. “which may suffer the r.” Cymb. I, 4, 60 (== may be told).
2) that which a person says or tells; assertion, statement, account, tale: “naming thy name blesses an ill r.” Sonn. 95, 8 (thy mere name changes blame to praise). “would it not say he lies? Ay, or very falsely pocket up his r.” Tp. II, 1, 67. “you shall stifle in your own r.” Meas. II, 4, 158. “the duke is marvellous little beholding to your --s,” IV, 3, 167 (to what you say of him). “you must change persons with me, ere you make that my r.” V, 340. “they have committed false r.” Ado V, 1, 220 (Dogberry's speech). “much too little of that good I saw is my r. to his great worthiness,” LLL II, 63. “observe his --s for me,” All's II, 1, 46 (== what he says concerning me). “not daring the --s of my tongue,” IV, 1, 34. “I'll fill these dogged spies with false --s,” John IV, 1, 129. “throw this r. on their incensed rage,” IV, 2, 261. “let not his r. come current,” H4A I, 3, 67. “stand my good lord in your good r.” H4B IV, 3, 89 (speak in my favour). “whether it be through force of your r.” H6A V, 5, 79. “flatter my sorrows with r. of it,” R3 IV, 4, 245. “I am free of your r.” H8 II, 4, 99 (innocent of what you say against me). “nothing but his r.” Cor. IV, 6, 61. “my scars can witness that my r. is just,” Tit. V, 3, 115. “thou wrongest it more than tears with that r.” Rom. IV, 1, 32 (with these words). “thrusting this r. into his ears,” Caes. V, 3, 74. “I have learned by the perfectest r.” Mcb. I, 5, 2 (from the best authority). “can perceive no truth in your r.” V, 1, 2. “truster of your own r. against yourself,” Hml. I, 2, 172. “you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill r.” II, 2, 550. “this r. of his did Hamlet so envenom,” IV, 7, 103. “all my --s go with the modest truth,” Lr. IV, 7, 5. “if you do find me foul in her r.” Oth. I, 3, 117. “your --s have set the murder on,” V, 2, 187. “men's --s give him much wronged,” Ant. I, 4, 39. “read not my blemishes in the world's r.” II, 3, 5. “a thing too bad for bad r.” Cymb. I, 1, 17 (worse than can be expressed in words). “I honour him even out of your r.” Cymb. I, 1, 17 “charms this r. out,” I, 6, 117. “who is as far from thy r.” I, 6, 117 “to try your taking of a false r.” I, 6, 117 “sell me your good r.” II, 3, 88 (speak well of me for money). “son to the queen, after his own r.” IV, 2, 119. “thou hast the harvest out of thy own r.” Per. IV, 2, 153. to give good r. == to speak well of a p.: “to give me your good r. to the prince,” Wint. V, 2, 162. “to give him good r. for it,” Cor. I, 1, 33. “gave you such a masterly r. for art and exercise,” Hml. IV, 7, 97 (spoke of you as being a master). to make r. == to speak, to tell: “made such pestiferous --s of men,” All's IV, 3, 340. “his clothes made a false r. of him,” Cor. IV, 5, 157. “making just r.” Lr. III, 1, 37. “I made no such r.” Ant. II, 5, 57. “she makes a very good r. o'the worm,” V, 2, 256. by the r. of == according to what a person says: “by your own r. a linguist,” Gent. IV, 1, 56. “not better than he, by her own r.” Meas. V, 274. “to seek me out by computation and mine host's r.” Err. II, 2, 4. “one three of them, by their own r., hath danced before the king,” Wint. IV, 4, 345. upon r. == on or from information, by having been told: “we know on Valentine's r.” Gent. III, 2, 57 (by having been told by V.). “if you like upon r. the soil,” As II, 4, 97. “I have it upon his own r.” Wint. IV, 4, 170. “if she be accused on true r.” R3 I, 3, 27 (Qq in true r.).
Used of official statements or accounts returned: “else had I half an hour since brought my r.” Cor. I, 6, 21. “the slave's r. is seconded,” IV, 6, 62. “are his files as full as thy r.?” Tim. V, 2, 2. “bring me no more --s,” Mcb. V, 3, 1. “make discovery err in r. of us,” V, 4, 7. “every hour shalt thou have r. how 'tis abroad,” Ant. I, 4, 35. “and have my learning from some true --s, that drew their swords with you,” II, 2, 47 (for: such that drew etc., elliptically; or abstr. pro concr., r. for reporter). “who worse than a physician would this r. become?” Cymb. V, 5, 28.
3) that which people say or tell: “the r. goes she has all the rule,” Wiv. I, 3, 58. “volumes of r. run with these false and most contrarious quests upon thy doings,” Meas. IV, 1, 61. “my gossip r.” Merch. III, 1, 7. “r. speaks goldenly of his profit,” As I, 1, 6. “to make mine eye the witness of that r. which I so oft have heard,” Shr. II, 53. “by r. I know him well,” Shr. II, 53 “I find r. a very liar,” Shr. II, 53 “for the good r. I hear of you,” IV, 4, 28. “know it before the r. come,” All's III, 2, 25. “let's return again and suffice ourselves with the r. of it,” III, 5, 11. “the r. that goes upon your goodness,” V, 1, 13. “r. of fashions in proud Italy,” R2 II, 1, 21. stuffing the ears of men with false --s, H4B Ind. R2 II, 1, 21 “to give their censure of these rare --s,” H6A II, 3, 10. “r. is fabulous and false,” H6A II, 3, 10 “whether 'twas r. of her success,” H6C II, 1, 125. “let him, like an engine not portable, lie under this r.” Troil. II, 3, 144. “of no better r. than a horsedrench,” Cor. II, 1, 129 (not better spoken of, of no better estimation). “if it be a just and true r. that goes of his having,” Tim. V, 1, 18. “this r. hath so exasperate the king,” Mcb. III, 6, 37. “I would not take this from r.” Lr. IV, 6, 144. “r. is changeable,” IV, 7, 92. “can you inquire him out and be edified by r.?” Oth. III, 4, 15. “if r. be square to her,” Ant. II, 2, 189. “knows by history, r., or his own proof,” Cymb. I, 6, 70. “r. should render him hourly to your ear as truly,” III, 4, 153. “our courtiers say all's savage but at court: experience, O, thou disprovest r.” IV, 2, 34. “drawn by r.” Per. I, 1, 35. “when he shall come and find our paragon to all --s thus blasted,” IV, 1, 36.
Hence == reputation, fame: “thou being mine, mine is thy good r.” Sonn. 36, 14 and 96, 14. “hath blistered her r.” Meas. II, 3, 12. “goes foremost in r. through Italy,” Ado III, 1, 97. Tw. III, 2, 41. III, 4, 210. IV, 1, 24. Wint. IV, 2, 48. H6A II, 2, 43. Cor. I, 3, 22. I, 6, 70. I, 9, 54. II, 2, 32. Ant. II, 2, 159. Cymb. II, 3, 88 (quibbling). III, 3, 57. Per. IV, 6, 43.
4) noise: “with the clamorous r. of war,” R3 IV, 4, 152. Especially the sound of fire-arms: “rising and cawing at the gun's r.” Mids. III, 2, 22. “such as fear the r. of a caliver,” H4A IV, 2, 20.
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