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document

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noun doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-mənt, -kyü-\

Definition of document

  1. 1 law a archaic :  proof, evidenceb :  an original or official paper relied on as the basis, proof, or support of somethingc :  something (as a photograph or a recording) that serves as evidence or proof

  2. 2a :  a writing conveying information <financial documents> <historical documents> <a classified document that was leaked to the media>b :  a material substance (as a coin or stone) having on it a representation of thoughts by means of some conventional mark or symbolc :  documentary

  3. 3 :  a computer file containing information input by a computer user and usually created with an application (as a spreadsheet or word processor ) <create a new document>

documental

play \ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-təl, -kyü-\ adjective

Examples of document in a sentence

  1. It is important to keep all of your financial documents in a safe place.

  2. An important classified document has been leaked to the media.

  3. creating a new document on your computer

  4. I lost the document when the hard drive crashed.

Origin and Etymology of document

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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document

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verb doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-ˌment\

Definition of document

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish documentary evidence of <documenting their claims> <documenting gorillas in their natural habitat>

  3. 2 :  to furnish with documents

  4. 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 1reference 3b) to authoritative supporting information (as by means of footnotes ) <failed to adequately document your sources>b (1) :  to construct or produce (as a movie or novel) with authentic situations or events (2) :  to portray realistically <documents the challenges of being a single parent>

  5. 4 nautical :  to furnish (a ship) with ship's papers

documentable

play \-ˌmen-tə-bəl, ˌdä-kyə-ˈ, -kyü-\ adjective

documenter

play \ˈdä-kyə-ˌmen-tər\ noun

Examples of document in a sentence

  1. Her study was the first to document this type of behavior in gorillas.

  2. He wrote a book documenting their struggle.

  3. Can you document the claims you're making?

  4. The charges are well documented.

Origin and Etymology of document

see 1document


First Known Use: 1711


DOCUMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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document

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noun doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-mənt, -kyü-\

Definition of document for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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document

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verb doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-ˌment\

Definition of document for English Language Learners

  • : to create a record of (something) through writing, film, photography, etc.

  • : to prove (something) by using usually written evidence


DOCUMENT Defined for Kids

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document

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noun doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-mənt\

Definition of document for Students

  1. 1 :  a written or printed paper that gives information about or proof of something <Your birth certificate is a legal document.>

  2. 2 :  a computer file containing data entered by a user


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document

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verb doc·u·ment

Definition of document for Students

documented

documenting

  1. 1 :  to record (as on paper or in film) the details about <Scientists documented the medical study.>

  2. 2 :  to prove through usually written records <Can you document what you are claiming?>


Law Dictionary

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document

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noun doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-mənt\

Legal Definition of document

  1. 1 :  a writing (as a deed or lease) conveying information — see also instrument

  2. 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)


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document

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transitive verb doc·u·ment \ˈdä-kyə-ˌment\

Legal Definition of document

  1. 1a :  to furnish documentary evidence of b :  to provide with exact references to authoritative supporting information

  2. 2 :  to furnish (as a ship) with documents (as ship's papers)



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