noun doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-mənt, -kyü-\

: an official paper that gives information about something or that is used as proof of something

: a computer file that contains text that you have written

Full Definition of DOCUMENT

a archaic :  proof, evidence
b :  an original or official paper relied on as the basis, proof, or support of something
c :  something (as a photograph or a recording) that serves as evidence or proof
a :  a writing conveying information
b :  a material substance (as a coin or stone) having on it a representation of thoughts by means of some conventional mark or symbol
c :  documentary
:  a computer file containing information input by a computer user and usually created with an application (as a word processor)
doc·u·men·tal \ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-təl, -kyü-\ adjective

Examples of DOCUMENT

  1. It is important to keep all of your financial documents in a safe place.
  2. An important classified document has been leaked to the media.
  3. creating a new document on your computer
  4. I lost the document when the hard drive crashed.

Origin of DOCUMENT

Middle English, precept, teaching, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin documentum official paper, from Latin, lesson, proof, from docēre to teach — more at docile
First Known Use: 15th century

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verb doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-ˌment\

: to create a record of (something) through writing, film, photography, etc.

: to prove (something) by using usually written evidence

Full Definition of DOCUMENT

transitive verb
:  to furnish documentary evidence of
:  to furnish with documents
a :  to provide with factual or substantial support for statements made or a hypothesis proposed; especially :  to equip with exact references to authoritative supporting information
b (1) :  to construct or produce (as a movie or novel) with authentic situations or events
(2) :  to portray realistically
:  to furnish (a ship) with ship's papers
doc·u·ment·able \-ˌmen-tə-bəl, ˌdä-kyə-ˈ, -kyü-\ adjective
doc·u·ment·er \ˈdä-kyə-ˌmen-tər\ noun

Examples of DOCUMENT

  1. Her study was the first to document this type of behavior in gorillas.
  2. He wrote a book documenting their struggle.
  3. Can you document the claims you're making?
  4. The charges are well documented.

First Known Use of DOCUMENT



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