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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education's investigation included interviews with Washington Hebrew Congregation (WHC) leaders, multiple site visits and a review of the preschool's documents and records, according to the letter. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Exclusive: Officials substantiate child sex abuse allegations at prominent DC synagogue's preschool," 1 July 2019 Microsoft offers prompts that warn users when two programs are going to link through DDE, but hackers have launched DDE attacks from Word documents and Excel sheets since since about 2014, tricking users into clicking through the prompts. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "How Hackers Turn Microsoft Excel's Own Features Against It," 27 June 2019 The flaw, found by the team at Mimecast, lies in the Power Query tool, which lets users integrate spreadsheets with external databases, text documents and Web pages. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Microsoft Excel Vulnerability Could Put 120 Million Users At Risk," 27 June 2019 As Boeing faces intense scrutiny over back-to-back crashes of its 737 Max jet, documents and interviews show that the company had safety problems known to federal regulators for years. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, "Long before the 737 Max disasters, Boeing had a history of failing to fix safety problems," 27 June 2019 Organizations and businesses that drop off documents and equipment will be asked to make a contribution. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland.com, "Berea shred fest, electronics roundup set for Saturday: Community Voices," 24 June 2019 In Juliet the Maniac, Escoria interrupts the main first-person narrative with archival documents and flash-forwards that allow her to recount Juliet’s struggles with bipolar disorder from a slight remove. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "Two Novels That Make Mental Illness Legible," 22 June 2019 For now, all of them are in effect except for parts of the provision on government documents and a limit on early voting. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On 4-3 vote, Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state's lame-duck laws limiting power of Democratic governor," 21 June 2019 Building documents and an elder uncle confirmed the discovery. azcentral, "A red-brick ranch in Glendale is more than a home. Take a look inside the pet sanctuary and urban farm," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Satterfield’s coaching chops have been well documented. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Josh Minkins Jr. symbolizes Louisville football's localized recruiting approach," 2 July 2019 While this type of arctic fox has long been known for its endurance in the barren polar climate, such a fast transcontinental journey has never been documented before. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, "An arctic fox’s epic journey: Norway to Canada in 76 days," 2 July 2019 The risks of fireworks are particularly well documented. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Why You Still Can’t Buy Fireworks on Amazon," 1 July 2019 At the request of both parties, the incident was documented. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Watermelon thrown at door in Winnetka," 1 July 2019 That feat, set in 2017 by Team Groenewoud in the Netherlands, was documented by the Guinness Book of World Records. ... Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "From Sheep to Sweater in Record Time," 28 June 2019 It’s been well documented that women are underrepresented. Julia O'donoghue, nola.com, "What I learned from the Louisiana Legislature," 28 June 2019 But the story of the two people in the photo by Julia Le Duc has been documented. Philip Kennicott, The Denver Post, "Commentary: We used to think photos like this could change the world, but what needs to change is who we are," 28 June 2019 Sandhill cranes, white American pelicans and endangered whooping cranes are among the some 260 bird species that have been documented at Goose Pond. USA TODAY, "Troll trail, coal train derailment, geyser record: News from around our 50 states," 27 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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