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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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 document (audio) , -​kyü-​ \ adjective

Verb

documentable \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce document (audio) , ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈmen-​ , -​kyü-​ \ adjective
documenter \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce document (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 Commentary: This would allow student loan borrowers to track the progress of their student loan payments, confirm eligibility, and monitor their document submissions. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 However, according to a 2019 internal document reviewed by the Journal, less than 10% of the posts flagged to XCheck were actually reviewed. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 15 Sep. 2021 Salaries and benefits represent the largest part of their expenditures, with a $25.6 million increase over last year, Sanders’ budget document said. Mike Danahey, chicagotribune.com, 14 Sep. 2021 The young couple decided to document, preserve, and display artifacts from a land that, despite capturing headlines for war, a blockade, and Hamas-Israel rocket fire, is literally bursting with history. Isra Namey, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Sep. 2021 The two women admitted entering the Capitol during voluntary interviews with FBI agents in Connecticut in June, according to a federal charging document filed in the case. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 14 Sep. 2021 In February, 2014, the French Embassy in Amman issued Halabi a single-use travel document and a visa. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Over the weekend, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee also began circulating a document that showed plans to raise the corporate tax rate to 26.5% and return the top marginal individual rate to 39.6%. Lauren Fox And Katie Lobosco, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 Bolton says the curation may even change as the exhibition stays on view—American fashion is, after all, a living document. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The decisions cascade, enabling so many combinations of strategies that not even Reddit could ever document them all. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 Alas, there was nobody there to document it on that May evening. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2021 For months, State police were not aware footage of Bowman's arrest existed because Brown misclassified it and failed to document any use of force, according to court records. Jim Mustian, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 Instead, inspection records show, the Bay at Nu-Roc was cited for violating grievance procedures because an administrator failed to document and follow up on employee complaints about understaffing. jsonline.com, 9 Apr. 2021 The largest incident occurred when a pharmacy responsible for distributing the vaccine to nursing homes failed to document storage temperatures for leftover shots, resulting in 890 doses being wasted. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 16 Mar. 2021 The largest incident occurred earlier this year, when a pharmacy responsible for distributing the vaccine to nursing homes failed to document storage temperatures for leftover shots, resulting in 890 doses being wasted. Kimberlee Kruesi, chicagotribune.com, 15 Mar. 2021 The commission also failed to formally document that the remaining 78 conditions were met. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 21 Jan. 2021 The Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office also said in court filings that the Portsmouth police failed to timely document the value of the damage to the monument. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, 18 Nov. 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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“Document.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/document. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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