document

noun
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt , -kyü-\

Definition of document

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 law

a archaic : proof, evidence
b : an original or official paper relied on as the basis, proof, or support of something
c : something (such as a photograph or a recording) that serves as evidence or proof
2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media
b : a material substance (such as a coin or stone) having on it a representation of thoughts by means of some conventional mark or symbol
3 : a computer file containing information input by a computer user and usually created with an application (such as a spreadsheet or word processor) create a new document

document

verb
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-ˌment \
documented; documenting; documents

Definition of document (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish documentary evidence of documenting their claims documenting gorillas in their natural habitat
2 : to furnish with documents
3a : to provide with factual or substantial support for statements made or a hypothesis proposed charges that were well documented document your claim especially : to equip with exact references (see reference entry 1 sense 3b) to authoritative supporting information (as by means of footnotes) failed to adequately document your sources
b(1) : to construct or produce (something, such as a movie or novel) with authentic situations or events
(2) : to portray realistically documents the challenges of being a single parent
4 nautical : to furnish (a ship) with ship's papers

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Other Words from document

Noun

documental \ ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl , -​kyü-​ \ adjective

Verb

documentable \ -​ˌmen-​tə-​bəl , ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈ , -​kyü-​ \ adjective
documenter \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for document

Synonyms: Noun

blank, form, paper

Synonyms: Verb

demonstrate, establish, prove, substantiate, validate

Antonyms: Verb

disprove, rebut, refute

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Examples of document in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

Her study was the first to document this type of behavior in gorillas. He wrote a book documenting their struggle. Can you document the claims you're making? The charges are well documented.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These are ambitious targets; the document also says that the United States has an outsized role in meeting them. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 But our strategic plan—a document that guided much of our work for the past three years—ends this year. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 But that program wasn't entirely unknown prior to Snowden's FISC document leak. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 In the past, both parties have worked together to request documents from a Supreme Court nominee’s record, for example. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrats’ very limited options for stopping Mitch McConnell’s judicial onslaught," 14 Nov. 2018 The only reason the most recent proposal crashed the headlines this month was a massive document leak published by German magazine Der Spiegel. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Soccer’s Super League Threat Isn’t Going Away," 12 Nov. 2018 Digital categories could include emails, documents and other files, contacts, and photos—with photos saved for last, as these are often among our most sentimental digital files. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "How I KonMari’d My Inbox (and My Desktop, and My Phone)," 28 Jan. 2019 The outlet allegedly obtained documents that show Michael and Jennifer are in midst of dividing their assets and seeking joint custody of their 16-year-old daughter (their son is 19). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Conners' Fans Are Crushed Over Michael Fishman and Wife Jennifer Briner's Divorce," 28 Dec. 2018 The president can provide clarity by releasing all relevant documents. Michael Ledeen, WSJ, "The Real Story of the Flynn Hearing," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The report said the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office, which manages the student-loan program, has documented a raft of customer-service problems but has taken inadequate steps to fix them. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Education Department Faulted on Student Loan Servicers," 14 Feb. 2019 The page @MiddletonMaven, which documents the Middleton sisters' looks, also says the dress is by McQueen, and that the coat is from Ida Sjöstedt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Striking in a Red Dress for Her Mother's Birthday," 1 Feb. 2019 In 2013, Rizzoli published his monograph, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration, which documented the designer's career. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "In Memoriam: Decorating Superstar Mario Buatta, the "Prince of Chintz," Has Died," 16 Oct. 2018 Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin fan Britney spotted the couple in the wild on Thursday and couldn't help but document the sighting. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Interrupt Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s Make Out Session to Take a Picture," 20 July 2018 After the series documented problems with residential assessments, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle commissioned an independent study. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show," 13 July 2018 Seymour Mednick, 91, of Center City, a commercial photographer whose pictures appeared in national magazines, but whose passion was documenting the Mummers for exhibits and film, died Thursday, July 5, of heart failure at his home. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Seymour Mednick, 91, commercial photographer who documented the Mummers," 12 July 2018 And for Vogue, the fun wasn’t difficult to find during our adventure of documenting street style in six different Disney parks around the world. Vogue, "Street Style on Main Street: Disneyland Paris," 14 Jan. 2019 The process of documenting the use of all in-District PIAC funds ... has worked well for 35 years. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Engineer profits from city projects and sits on panel to vet them. Is that a problem?," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of document

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for document

Noun and Verb

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

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document

noun

English Language Learners Definition of document

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

document

verb

English Language Learners Definition of document (Entry 2 of 2)

: to create a record of (something) through writing, film, photography, etc.
: to prove (something) by using usually written evidence

document

noun
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt \

Kids Definition of document

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a written or printed paper that gives information about or proof of something Your birth certificate is a legal document.
2 : a computer file containing data entered by a user

document

verb
documented; documenting

Kids Definition of document (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to record (as on paper or in film) the details about Scientists documented the medical study.
2 : to prove through usually written records Can you document what you are claiming?

document

noun
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt \

Legal Definition of document

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a writing (as a deed or lease) conveying information — see also instrument
2a : something (as a writing, photograph, or recording) that may be used as evidence
b : an official paper (as a license) relied on as the basis, proof, or support of something (as a right or privilege)

document

transitive verb
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-ˌment \

Legal Definition of document (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to furnish documentary evidence of
b : to provide with exact references to authoritative supporting information
2 : to furnish (as a ship) with documents (as ship's papers)

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