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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

Bailey became frustrated and ordered a courtroom deputy to approach the bench and remove one of the defense attorneys, with the order made in the presence of the jury, according to documents in the disciplinary proceeding. sun-sentinel.com, "Supreme Court reprimands Broward judge," 5 June 2019 Budget cuts appear to be contributing to the problem by reducing money available for the focused inspections that are required for nursing homes on the shorter list, according to documents and interviews. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. Senate report reveals previously undisclosed list of nearly 400 troubled nursing homes, with almost 20 in Illinois," 5 June 2019 The income from the mineral rights generates annual revenue averaging nearly $15 million in recent years and has funded an endowment now valued at $230 million, according to financial documents. Anchorage Daily News, "W. Virgnia bishop spent millions on himself and sent cash to priests he was accused of mistreating, Vatican report says," 5 June 2019 The city is not recommending any changes to crossing guard locations at this time, according to city documents. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa hires new crossing guard provider after former contractor abruptly closed in March," 5 June 2019 Citing police documents, TMZ reported that Edwards allegedly walked out of a bar without paying his $36 bill in December, and the bartender called the police. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Mom OG's Maci Bookout 'Angry' After Telling Son Bentley About Father Ryan Edwards' Arrest," 5 June 2019 The document named Sean McManus, 46, an Australian who operated charter schools in California, Jason Schrock, 44, another charter school operator, and nine other defendants. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parents, teachers, students of defrauded schools grapple with uncertainty," 5 June 2019 Out is the large student terrace and large scoreboard that was to cut into the south end zone upper deck, according to documents set to be presented Thursday at a Board of Trustees obtained by AL.com. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al.com, "Big changes made to Bryant-Denny Stadium renovation plan," 4 June 2019 The phone remained on the property from 1:37 p.m. until about 3:38 p.m. before returning to Dulos' home, according to documents. Darran Simon And Elizabeth Joseph, CNN, "Missing Connecticut woman's blood found on items dumped in trash receptacles, authorities say," 4 June 2019

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Palmer, 39, is a former Heisman Trophy-winning and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback whose departure from Cincinnati is well documented. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "Did Carson Palmer take another shot at the Cincinnati Bengals? Here's what he said.," 4 June 2019 Fortunately for fans, Reese Witherspoon, who both plays Madeline Martha Mackenzie and serves as executive producer of the series, documented the meet-up on her Instagram account. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon Just Hilariously Photoshopped Zoë Kravitz into Her Latest Instagram Post," 8 Apr. 2019 As documented by NBC News, the last Chevy Cruze has secret messages embedded within, which will likely never be discovered by their owner. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "GM's Lordstown Chevy Cruze Plant Closes Amidst Protests," 7 Mar. 2019 In a longstanding trend, as documented by moving company United Van Lines, people have been choosing to relocate from the snowy Northeast and Midwest for sunnier climes. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Vermont Is the New Florida," 6 Jan. 2019 As documented by YouTuber Nickaroo93, a Fissure Site detonation spawns multiple Scorchedbeasts, including the current toughest behemoth in the game: a Scorchedbeast Queen. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76’s first end-game nuke launches, starts apocalyptic battle," 15 Nov. 2018 In the new podcast The War on Cars, journalist Sarah Goodyear likens the way people drop scooters just anywhere—as amply documented on social media—to the way her teenage son drops his socks around the house. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let’s organize the city outside our front door with as much care as we do our homes," 30 Aug. 2018 After all, as the Inquirer’s Toxic City series has documented, the district has previously botched repair jobs, wasted money, and put thousands of the city’s vulnerable students at risk. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Nevertheless, by the late 1980s, zero tolerance had moved into the schools, as Russell J. Skiba of Indiana University has documented. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The truth about 'zero tolerance': It doesn't work and always leads to disaster," 22 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 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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