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document

noun doc·u·ment \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt , -kyü- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of document

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
2 a :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  • historical documents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

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.

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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

document Synonyms

Synonyms
blank, form, paper
Related Words
instrument, writ; filing; sheet

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document

verb doc·u·ment \ ˈdä-kyə-ˌment \

Definition of document

transitive verb
1 :to furnish documentary evidence of
  • documenting their claims
  • documenting gorillas in their natural habitat
2 :to furnish with documents
3 a :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 (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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of document


DOCUMENT Defined for English Language Learners

document

noun

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


document

verb

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

noun doc·u·ment \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt \

Definition of document for Students

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

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document

verb

Definition of document for Students

documented; documenting
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?

Law Dictionary

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document

noun doc·u·ment \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt \

legal Definition of document

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

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

legal Definition of document

1 a :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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