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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

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

That kind of document chain has circulated before, even if the resulting petition didn’t make it out of the company. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How Googlers organized against the company’s China plans," 30 Nov. 2018 Design schemes, project plans, and similar vital documents are being stored and shared between parties in a digital manner. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Why AutoCAD malware keeps chugging on," 27 Nov. 2018 The days of self-identification on documents like passports or airplane tickets may come sooner for some countries than others. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Outdated Gender Norms You Encounter When Booking Your Plane Ticket," 27 Sep. 2018 As noted by the Intercept, the notion that Assange could be prosecuted for publishing confidential documents was regarded as extreme and dangerous during the Obama era due to its implications for freedom of the press. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A government secret Julian Assange wants no part of," 17 Nov. 2018 The Blast reportedly obtained documents filed by Dewan's attorney Samantha Spector. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Jenna Dewan Has Officially Filed for Divorce From Channing Tatum," 27 Oct. 2018 The Trans Relief Project provides monetary assistance and education to transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who need help changing names and gender designate on legal documents such as US passports and driver's licenses. Allure, "6 Ways to Support Transgender and Nonbinary People Right Now," 21 Oct. 2018 This document is only a collection of misconduct allegations and rumors. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Creator of the Shitty Media Men List Is Being Sued—and You Can Help Fund Her Legal Fees," 12 Oct. 2018 With few exceptions, old homes are and always have been living documents that reflect gradual changes in the lives of their inhabitants and the world around them. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If, for example, your loved one is gradually forgetting more words and places or has increasingly poor judgment, these would be things to document and bring to the attention of the person’s health care provider. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "How to Provide Quality Care for Someone You Love With Alzheimer’s," 4 Dec. 2018 Start paying attention to bank statements, documenting account numbers, and looking at tax returns—and don’t sign anything without reading it first. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "7 Things You Secretly Need to Do Before You Get Divorced," 27 Nov. 2018 Also, experts haven’t yet documented any cases in which someone has actually gotten sick from a pathogen that a cockroach spread, whereas people get sick every day from pathogens spread by other humans. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 The monographed documented the designer's successful career, and offers insights into Buatta's start working for department store B. Altman & Co in the 1950s. Monique Valeris, Town & Country, "Decorating Legend Mario Buatta Has Died," 16 Oct. 2018 Last season, Kim documented her surrogacy journey with her third child, Chicago. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Addressed Rumors That a 4th West Baby Is on the Way," 24 Aug. 2018 The commission would be tasked with making sure that federal agencies are all enforcing immigration laws humanely and constitutionally, documenting any ICE abuses and making a report of its recommendations to Congress. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "House Democrats introduce bill to abolish ICE, create 'humane' immigration system," 12 July 2018 Where musicologists see mass media as thwarting audiences' capacity for participation, audience researchers have spent decades documenting and analyzing how productive and creative audiences became in their wake. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Though the images are powerful in their own right, a hefty, 368-page exhibition catalog adds to the scholarship with thoroughly documented and illustrated chapters on the medium’s evolution, which continues at a blistering pace. Valli Herman, latimes.com, "Two L.A. photo exhibitions take a deep dive into standout fashion moments of the times," 21 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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