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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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 document (audio) , -​kyü-​ \ adjective

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for document

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 That’s up from 50% in the 2018 version of the terms and conditions document. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The things you learn when closely reading Alabama coaching contracts," 30 Mar. 2021 There, the memo continued, the detectives hired to fill the jobs would be tasked with continuing to document gang activity and monitor alleged members. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola Sheriff’s Office does away with gang unit after years of cuts, vacancies," 29 Mar. 2021 In the 17-page document, the CDC said that home displacement still poses a health threat as the coronavirus continues to march through American communities. Washington Post, "Evictions continue in Virginia despite CDC order extension," 29 Mar. 2021 Hall -- a 22-year veteran on the force -- was in the crowd with his partner working undercover as a protester to document crimes among the demonstrators so law enforcement could make arrests, according to Hall's lawsuit. Amir Vera, Konstantin Toropin And Sara Sidner, CNN, "St. Louis jurors return mixed verdict for officers accused of beating an undercover officer and then trying to cover it up," 29 Mar. 2021 Pushing back Ellison and Harris delivered the repeal-and-replace document late last month to members of City Council and Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Critics want Cleveland to replace zoning code allowing controversial, oversized townhouses, ‘slot houses’," 28 Mar. 2021 Spike Lee directed this document of an evening of stand-up comedy performed by four prominent black entertainers. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Victims of this financial fraud include Ripoff Report, a consumer report website, where people can file and document complaints about companies or individuals, headquartered in Phoenix. Peiyu Lin, The Arizona Republic, "Cyprus man extradited, sentenced for computer fraud, including hacking Arizona-based website," 26 Mar. 2021 That document was sent by Marilyn Mosby’s campaign treasurer to state elections officials, and obtained by The Sun through a public records request. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "U.S. prosecutor Leo Wise pursues powerful targets like Baltimore’s Nick, Marilyn Mosby -- and gains detractors," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cruz then slammed the administration for failing to let the press document the situation. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Cruz tells Biden to 'stop denying reality' and let media tour border to shine light on his 'administration's failures'," 29 Mar. 2021 Officials also have set up the state’s electronic medical record sharing system, known as CRISP, to allow doctors to document positive cases and refer patients to infusion centers. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "There’s an early treatment for COVID now — and Maryland officials are pushing to spread the word and keep people out of hospitals," 26 Mar. 2021 The bill would also establish a Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health that would document the extent of the problem and make recommendations for change. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "A new bill aims to declare racism a statewide public health crisis in Connecticut. Here’s what that means.," 25 Mar. 2021 Kritsky and colleagues at Mount St. Joseph University have developed an app called Cicada Safari, where anyone—scientists and non-scientists alike—can document their cicada sightings. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Noisy Cicadas Are Emerging Earlier," 22 Mar. 2021 Thompson began making the videos to document her process for clients who, unsurprisingly, usually choose to be absent during a removal. Washington Post, "TikTok’s viral beekeeper is getting a lot of ... buzz," 18 Mar. 2021 But the records also document whippings, harsh plantation conditions, families torn apart by slave sales, and hardships experienced by people shipped far from home as the church expanded. New York Times, "Catholic Order Pledges $100 Million to Atone for Slave Labor and Sales," 15 Mar. 2021 Congress cracked down in December, requiring states to do more to verify and document the identity and work history of the self-employed, gig workers and contractors seeking unemployment. Author: Sarah D. Wire, Anchorage Daily News, "Q&A: Who gets a $1,400 check, and other ways the COVID-19 relief bill may affect your pocketbook," 7 Mar. 2021 Congress cracked down in December, requiring states to do more to verify and document the identity and work history of the self-employed, gig workers and contractors seeking unemployment. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, "Who gets a $1,400 check, and other ways the COVID-19 relief bill may affect your pocketbook," 6 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of document was in the 15th century

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“Document.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/document. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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