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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

Bend police Officer Matthew Baldwin arrived to find a 2019 Land Rover Discovery on its side in the middle of the northbound lane and Phalen sitting on the curb with a COCC campus security officer standing near her, according to court documents. Bend Bulletin, oregonlive.com, "U.S. State Department official suspected of DUII in Bend," 17 July 2019 The strip searches were conducted in groups of 20 to 60 people, sometimes more, according to court documents. Los Angeles Times, "Women in jail endured group strip searches. L.A. County to pay $53 million to settle suit," 16 July 2019 Five of the seven killings outlined in a new indictment involved the victims’ bodies being dumped in Angeles National Forest, according to court documents. NBC News, "Feds charge 22 linked to MS-13 slayings, racketeering in Los Angeles," 16 July 2019 Keeylen, 25, was charged with one count each of complicity to murder and complicity to first-degree robbery, according to court documents. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "2nd suspect arrested, charged with murder in fatal Glimmer Way shooting in Louisville," 16 July 2019 But at some point Smith stopped paying, and the relationship soured, according to court documents. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Texas appeals court reverses case after judge told lawyers to ‘hurry up’ — then ruled mid-trial," 15 July 2019 Reddick was arrested a few weeks later and a search of his home found 32 grams of crack, 42 grams of heroin and nine grams of a mixture of crack, heroin and fentanyl, according to court documents. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Hartford drug dealer sentenced to 10 years in prison," 15 July 2019 That motion was accepted by District Court Judge George Zoghby, according to court documents. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Mobile musician accused of possessing 21,000 child porn images pleads not guilty," 15 July 2019 The business partnership flourished until the fall of 2016, when Huy Fong demanded Underwood Ranches return more than $1 million the manufacturer said was overpaid to the farm for growing costs, according to court documents. Alexa Díaz, latimes.com, "Jalapeño farmer wins $23.3 million in heated dispute with Sriracha maker," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yevarkan said the police had taken a camera from a nearby residence that documented the entire incident. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Ethiopian Israelis protest after officer in shooting of unarmed man is released and faces lesser charge," 15 July 2019 Likewise for Primo Levi, an Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor who documented his experience in Auschwitz. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The “concentration camp” language debate is the wrong fight," 13 July 2019 On Friday, the committee will take testimony from the inspectors general of the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, who have documented overcrowding and other problems in Clint, Texas, and other facilities. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "House oversight panel puts 'kids in cages' under scrutiny: 'This government sponsored child abuse'," 10 July 2019 There’s a nice collection of young talent, but Irving’s negative impact on the Celtics locker room was well-documented. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons free agency: Top takeaways after Week 1 of spending spree," 5 July 2019 The second part of the project, a book that will document the artworks featured as well as dialogues between the curator and the artists will be published next year. Vivienne Chow, Quartzy, "An art show in Switzerland became an accidental lens into Hong Kong’s protests," 4 July 2019 According to Natalie Achonwa, who documented the team's journey on Twitter, every flight was overbooked. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "The struggle was real for these WNBA players trying to get home after a game," 25 June 2019 Many of the challenges Dale Earnhardt Jr. and older sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller experienced together growing up are well-documented. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Dale Earnhardt Jr., sister Kelley open up about childhood relationship: 'We saved each other'," 25 June 2019 Health must-reads: Four nursing homes in Colorado appeared on a list of facilities that have documented patterns of poor care — from filthy conditions to physical abuse — for their residents. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Checkup Denver: Neighborhood worries about I-70 construction, DaVita medical group acquisition and more Colorado health news," 24 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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