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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 document cites a surge in new cases both locally and in California, Texas, Florida and Arizona since Gov. David Ige announced the travel plan June 24. USA TODAY, "Post-rally surge, PPE stocks, antibody study: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2020 It is considered the founding document of English law and civil liberties and influenced the creation of the U.S. Constitution. Washington Post, "Man gets prison for failed theft of Magna Carta in England," 10 July 2020 Credit Suisse Group AG, the bank handling the sale, received bids exceeding the 900 million euros ($1 billion) of notes on offer, the document shows. BostonGlobe.com, "Bath Iron Works lays off workers because of strike," 8 July 2020 While these are promising results, Google's document says the company is still investigating how limiting background timers will affect webpages. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "New Chrome experiment promises up to 28% more battery life," 7 July 2020 None of it matters, however, without 100% compliance in an area the document doesn’t regulate: what happens when the players aren’t at work. ... Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball Veterans’ Pandemic Role: Keeping the Kids in Line," 6 July 2020 Pentagon officials have been circulating the document to get final approval to ban the Confederate flag from military leaders in recent weeks, according to a Monday report from CNN. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon drafting policy to bar Confederate flags on military bases," 6 July 2020 If other states rejected the document, California could choose: Stay within the U.S., or attempt to negotiate a peaceful exit. Joe Mathews, Fortune, "The U.S. Constitution needs an overhaul. Here’s how California can help," 4 July 2020 Goddard, who was working as printer at the time, voluntarily inscribed her full name on the document. CBS News, "Meet Mary Katherine Goddard — the only woman who "signed" the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Miller’s passion for photography came from his mother, who loved to document every moment. oregonlive, "Black photographers capture history at Portland protests," 12 July 2020 And that brings us to 2019, when the NatGeo crew joined up with a world-renowned team of professional climbers to document their own search for Irvine's body, based on Holzel's latest research. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "NatGeo expedition hunts for 1924 climber’s body in Lost on Everest documentary," 30 June 2020 Dozens of Tunisian, Syrian and Palestinian activists and journalists, many of whom use the platform to document human rights abuses in the region, say their Facebook accounts have been deactivated over the last few months. NBC News, "'Facebook doesn't care': Activists say accounts removed despite Zuckerberg's free-speech stance," 30 May 2020 After Thomas’s first year at Juilliard, Kimbrough encouraged him to document his work in the studio. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "In the Vanguard of Trio Jazz with Micah Thomas," 29 May 2020 Kafer, a filmmaker and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Lux, a professional photographer, have attended the recent protests for racial justice as supporters and to document the events. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police open internal investigation into handling of scuffle with off-duty officer and protesters," 10 July 2020 Booker, a member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, posted a series of videos that appear to document the incident online. The Indianapolis Star, "Environmental groups ask DNR to review its policies after alleged racist Lake Monroe assault," 8 July 2020 The goal is to document 1 million acts of kindness by the end of 2021. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Why is Ohio Speaker Larry Householder considering withdrawing Statehouse from Columbus? This Week in the CLE," 26 June 2020 Live-streaming, which has been heavily used to document the protests in real-time, wasn't incorporated directly in Twitter until 2016. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Here's what app downloads reveal about technology's role in the protests," 4 June 2020

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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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The first known use of document was in the 15th century

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31 Jul 2020

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“Document.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/document. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for document

document

noun
How to pronounce document (audio)

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
How to pronounce document (audio)

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)
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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