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noun doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-mənt, -kyü-\

Simple Definition of document

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  a computer file containing information input by a computer user and usually created with an application (as a word processor)

doc·u·men·tal play \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



verb doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-ˌment\

Simple Definition of document

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

  • : to prove (something) by using usually written evidence

Full Definition of document

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish documentary evidence of

  3. 2 :  to furnish with documents

  4. 3 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

  5. 4 :  to furnish (a ship) with ship's papers

doc·u·ment·able play \-ˌmen-tə-bəl, ˌdä-kyə-ˈ, -kyü-\ adjective
doc·u·ment·er play \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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