document

noun
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt How to pronounce document (audio) , -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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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 How to pronounce document (audio) \
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 How to pronounce documental (audio) , -​kyü-​ \ adjective

Verb

documentable \ -​ˌmen-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce documentable (audio) , ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈ , -​kyü-​ \ adjective
documenter \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce documenter (audio) \ 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

The Baltimore Sun released documents relating to DNA testing that was carried out in the fall of 2018. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of The Case Against Adnan Syed," 31 Mar. 2019 The process required time off of work and, at times, hours spent collecting documents and submitting them to the district. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019 Francis celebrated Mass in Loreto’s cathedral and then signed the document, which will be officially released on April 2. Trisha Thomas, The Seattle Times, "Pope travels to Loreto shrine to sign youth document," 25 Mar. 2019 The special counsel’s early interest in Mr. Cohen, according to the documents, focused on Mr. Cohen’s consulting work for foreign entities and on his personal finances. ... Nicole Hong And Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Special Counsel’s Michael Cohen Probe Dates to 2017, New Documents Show," 19 Mar. 2019 These are critical documents that everyone—rich or poor, young or old—should have. 2. Patrick W. Schmitt, Country Living, "Everything Baby Boomers Need to Know About Estate Planning," 17 Aug. 2018 Yet inspectors certified the dam as safe, expressing worry about losing contracts with Vale, the dam owner and a major client, according to police, government prosecutors, court documents, arrest warrants and people familiar with the matter. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Behind Vale’s Deadly Dam Collapse: Multiple Warnings That Went Unheeded," 24 Feb. 2019 Per the Journal's report, which cites internal FAA documents, the miscalculations pertain to the way baggage weights are calibrated. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FAA: Southwest Airlines Miscalculated Baggage Weights to an Alarming Degree," 19 Feb. 2019 Over time, however, clicking the Windows search box was transformed into a way to search the Internet and your PC for documents, photos, and more, while Cortana took a back seat. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft separates Cortana from search in new Windows 10 preview build," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The parents of two documented the process of putting together their daughter, Luna's, new outdoor playhouse, and the whole experience is so dang relatable. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Over-the-Top Family Playhouse Is Surprisingly Affordable," 6 Apr. 2019 Photographers, painters, even filmmakers documented the viral opening in compliance with some of the tower's unique rules: It can't be drawn in permanent marker and all photos belong to Hudson Yards, not the photographer. House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Hudson Yards, New York's $25 Billion Neighborhood," 19 Mar. 2019 Each garment comes with a labor card that documents the textile’s provenance and who worked on it for how long. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Gary Graham Relaunches From a Room of His Own in Upstate New York," 24 Oct. 2018 While there's definitely no romance between them, the pals are regularly having a blast in real life, and Clarke continues to document it. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke's Friendship Is Founded on Dirty Jokes and Awkward Kissing," 21 Mar. 2019 Travel to Australia, New Zealand, and even Antarctica increases, and the ability to document the whales does so with it. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Spot Mysterious Unknown Breed of Killer Whales," 8 Mar. 2019 The Polish president could have given her notice not to show up for work the next day — but that would have documented the openly unconstitutional action of terminating the judge before the end of her term. Monika Nalepa, Washington Post, "Poland may forcibly ‘retire’ dozens of Supreme Court justices," 10 July 2018 Image David Goldblatt, a photographer who documented with a cool fury the oppressive racial dynamics of his native South Africa during apartheid and after, died on Monday at his home in Johannesburg. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "David Goldblatt, Acclaimed South African Photographer, Dies at 87," 25 June 2018 Well, how about having royal wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski — who documented Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials — capturing you and your beau's love in New York City? Southern Living, "You Can Now Bid on a Photo Shoot with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Photographer," 22 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 How to pronounce document (audio) \

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 How to pronounce document (audio) \

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 How to pronounce document (audio) \

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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