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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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 \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce documentable (audio) , ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈmen-​ , -​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

One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to conserve the historic documents and maps at the GLO and to fund educational programming for the public. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Texas map socks available this June to all donors of $30 and more for Save Texas History program," 19 June 2019 Our database uses prosecutors' documents, as opposed to news reports. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "How we did it: Arizona database of police shootings from 2011-2018," 19 June 2019 According to city documents, CBD is an active compound (cannabinoid) found in the cannabis plant. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A shop that planned to sell CBD products will not be opening in Delafield," 19 June 2019 The company’s assets totaled $222,000 in the filing, including fireworks inventory, according to documents signed by its owner/president, Elwood Weppel. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Apopka considers fireworks insurance for Fourth of July," 19 June 2019 The two teens considered each other best friends, according to court charging documents seen by NBC News. NBC News, "Alaska teen allegedly solicited by man to kill her friend, send him videos for $9 million," 19 June 2019 Southworth requested documents that granted the governor's hiring and firing authorities to another state official, as well as records to show that authority was granted to a finance official. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Here's who's who in the Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton-Adrienne Southworth controversy," 18 June 2019 Prosecutors have already produced more than 10 million documents and have promised, or threatened, more to come. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 Help document turtle crossings by participating in the Minnesota Turtle Crossing Tally and Count Project. Jasmine Johnson, Twin Cities, "DNR provides six tips to keep turtles safe this season," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just under half of the 99 mining concessions in Chiapas are along the coastal migration corridor from Tapachula to Arriaga, Chiapas — where WOLA documented 11 checkpoints. Washington Post, "Adding troops at Mexico’s border with Guatemala won’t block migrants from coming to the U.S. Here’s why.," 19 June 2019 His recent adventure documenting the underwater life of a red-eared slider turtle, however, is already one of his most popular videos, raking in more than 10 million views in just one week. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Texas Turtle Strapped with a GoPro Is Our New Favorite Director," 19 June 2019 Identify marine species and employ cutting-edge photographic and scientific technologies to monitor and document the reef. National Geographic, "Bali High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The journalist who documented war crimes in Vietnam and Cambodia has overlooked them in Syria. Scott Sherman, The New York Review of Books, "A Muckraker’s Progress," 17 June 2019 Emergency departments may also have different standards for documenting injuries, the authors noted. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Injuries from cosmetics send 4,300 children to ERs every year," 17 June 2019 It was thwarted by security practices in place at the business, but the company wanted the activity documented. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Suspected drunk driver rams pickup, then gets towed off highway by trailer hitch: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 14 June 2019 Rondo Family Reunion: Pictures and Poems for Our People: Photographer Chris Scott and poets Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Clarence White all have connections to Rondo and have spent the past 18 months documenting the lives of neighborhood elders. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Night arts fest Northern Spark will shine in Rondo and Minneapolis this weekend," 13 June 2019 Help for victims and accountability for offenders was rare in the nearly 700 reports over a decade that an AP investigation documented. Author: Justin Pritchard, Foster Klug, Anchorage Daily News, "Mothers: Air Force failed when child sex assaults were reported," 13 June 2019

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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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