document

noun
doc·​u·​ment | \ˈdä-kyə-mənt, -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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

c : documentary

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 \

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 , -​kyü-​ \ adjective

Verb

documentable \ -​ˌmen-​tə-​bəl , ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈ, -​kyü-​ \ adjective
documenter \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for document

Synonyms: Noun

certificate, certification, instrument

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 indictment describes this organization was extremely eager to release documents in time for maximum impact to hurt Clinton's campaign. Amber Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "6 questions about the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking," 13 July 2018 Comcast on Friday, the last possible day to do so, published for shareholders its formal offer document containing full terms and conditions of its bid and the procedures for its acceptance. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "What's Next in the Bidding War for Sky?," 13 July 2018 Part of that document was a Firearm Transaction Record from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Will Campbell, idahostatesman, "Path of a gun: Weapon used in Chicago shooting traced back to Idaho pawn shop," 4 July 2018 The document, one of two from Amerbach’s collection, features mirror writing on both sides, rendering it largely illegible. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Researchers Unlock Secrets of Basel Papyrus," 13 July 2018 But Trade-Tech payroll documents show that the grant payments were sent to Barajas, then vice president of academic affairs and workforce development, and Tarrant, vice president of student services. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "L.A. Trade-Tech administrators received $157,000 for work they failed to justify, investigation finds," 8 July 2018 When Attorney General Andy Beshear determined that the documents in question are subject to public disclosure, the cabinet sued the Courier Journal in an effort to overturn Beshear's legal opinion. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin administration ordered to pay for withholding public records," 5 July 2018 After the climb, Howitt produced and circulated a 19-page document that reviewed, in painstaking detail, Jornet’s ascent of Cho Oyu, in early May, and both of his Everest climbs later that same month. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 The motion will allow documents and other evidence to be admitted at trial. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "El Cajon residents speak out against embattled councilman," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If an emergency arises, the practitioner cannot supply the immediate family member for more than 72 hours and the emergency must be documented. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Seven New State Laws That Took Effect July 1," 3 July 2018 On the day of the inspection, the property owner or on-site manager meets with city staff, violations are documented, and follow-up instructions are conducted with progress tracked until fixes are complete. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "El Cajon apartment inspection program keeping city safer," 14 June 2018 Five were released; Pyongyang claimed eight others died and four were never documented as being in the country. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Japan PM Abe: 'I highly praise' Trump for Singapore summit with Kim," 12 June 2018 John Cena is conversational in Mandarin, as has been widely documented and showcased in films such as Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "Suiting Up with John Cena," 12 June 2018 At Anderson Health, nine girls and eight boys lived in separate units, where problems were documented and operations have been suspended, said Cobey Culton, a spokesman for DHHS. Fred Clasen-kelly And Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Teens in NC psych center were choked, zip-tied, faced 'imminent danger,' state says," 5 June 2018 These are moves that would be documented and on the record, something decision-makers try to avoid if voting would not produce a change. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Is Change Coming Soon to the SEC's Stadium-Wide Alcohol Sales Policy?," 1 June 2018 Kourtney made sure to document much of her romantic holiday in Europe, especially the food. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Returns from Extravagant Vacation for Taco Tuesday with Khloé and Son Mason," 11 July 2018 Many reporters were there with fans to document the madness. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Lakers fans hoping to see LeBron waited at a Blaze Pizza for hours (he didn't show up)," 10 July 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

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

Verb

see document entry 1

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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 \

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 \

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 \

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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