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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

c : documentary

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 \

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

certificate, certification, instrument

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

After the climb, Howitt produced and circulated a 19-page document that reviewed, in painstaking detail, Jornet’s ascent of Cho Oyu, in early May, and both of his Everest climbs later that same month. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 The motion will allow documents and other evidence to be admitted at trial. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "El Cajon residents speak out against embattled councilman," 11 July 2018 According to corporate documents and Mr. Sun’s employees in China, Istuary and Kuang’en shared funding, workers, technology, office space and shareholders, including Mr. Sun’s wife, Hu Yulan. Dan Levin, New York Times, "A Tech Guru Captivated Canada. Then He Fled to China.," 10 July 2018 Microsoft earlier this month released a patch to address a vulnerability in Cortana that allowed hackers to open locked Windows 10 systems and access documents and data, or execute malicious code. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Alexa, Can Voice Assistants Introduce Corporate Cybersecurity Risks?," 5 July 2018 American aircraft carried documents and equipment, including parts of centrifuges and missiles, to a laboratory in Tennessee. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 But a review of documents and closed session minutes about the project shows Amazon has not told the city how much the jobs will pay. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte supports millions for Amazon, but doesn't know how much new jobs will pay," 5 July 2018 The collection includes rare books, historical documents, and special music by black artists. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "She was homeless until a Detroit library stepped in to help," 29 June 2018 Rommelmann spent seven years trying to understand how a mother could commit such a heinous crime, combing through thousands of records and documents and interviewing Stott-Smith's friends and family. Nancy Rommelmann, Good Housekeeping, "Amanda Stott-Smith Was a Loving Mother of 3. So Why Did She Try to Murder Her 2 Youngest Kids?," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The layers of history at the site are still being documented by teams of archaeologists. National Geographic, "Burned Skeletons Are Rare Remains of Ancient Goth Invasion," 5 June 2018 His ability to carry the team through stretches is well documented. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 In January 2017, Vladimir Putin chose to publicly partake in a cold-water plunge instead of watching Donald Trump’s inauguration—a ritual that the Kremlin’s press corps has documented and disseminated via the internet. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Artist Taryn Simon Invites You to Take a Cold Water Plunge Inside a Museum," 11 July 2018 Throughout her pregnancy, Jinger, 24, has been documenting her growing bump by sharing photos to Instagram. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "'Almost There!' Pregnant Jinger Duggar Shares Sweet Photo of Her 38-Week Baby Bump," 10 July 2018 She was joined by her 9-year-old daughter and her friend Nellie Draganic, who happily traipsed through the fields as Pell documented the frolics. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018 Hurst and others have been documenting problems at the 7013 site for several years. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Forest Service closes target-shooting area near Greenwater following residents’ complaints," 2 July 2018 Throughout the World Cup in Russia, its elite photographers have been documenting the key players and moments of every game, capturing the emotional reactions in the stands. Samantha Schmidt, chicagotribune.com, "Getty Images posts, then deletes, photo gallery of 'The Sexiest Fans' of the World Cup," 27 June 2018 The 30-year-old star of HBO's Westworld has been documenting her advocacy work in Texas via her Instagram using the hashtag #EvanTX. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Evan Rachel Wood Is on a Hunger Strike for Separated Families," 25 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

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

Verb

see document entry 1

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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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