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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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

Verb

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

But in the document, Mr. Barkindo said Saudi Arabia had even committed to adjusting production to 10.2 million barrels a day in January. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudis to Cut More Oil Than Planned as OPEC Drums Up Pact," 20 Dec. 2018 As Vox pointed out, mentions and references to Trump continue to increase in probe documents as early as July 2018. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Russia Investigation Is Almost Over. Here's What You Need to Know," 8 Dec. 2018 The four plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all property and business owners near the Olympia and Franklin site, are listed as John Does in court documents. Abby Spegman, The Seattle Times, "Business owners seek restraining order to stop Olympia’s city-sanctioned homeless camp," 8 Dec. 2018 Remember that a budget is a living document, and it can be updated to reflect what is actually possible in your life. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "How to Make a Budget You Can Stick to With the Easy 50/30/20 Rule," 23 Oct. 2018 According to the document, the incident occurred in Argento's Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Marina del Rey, California. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Asia Argento Responds to Sexual Assault Allegations, Calls Report "Absolutely False"," 21 Aug. 2018 The hackers themselves didn't release the biggest dump of documents. Amber Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "6 questions about the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking," 13 July 2018 According to documents obtained by The New York Times, Dushku had felt uncomfortable after Weatherly allegedly made comments about rape, a threesome, and her physical appearance. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "CBS Is Donating $20 Million From Les Moonves' Severance Package to 18 Women's Organizations," 15 Dec. 2018 Lecron began sending letters in July to Dylann Roof, a white supremacist sentenced to death in the killings of nine black worshippers in a racist attack in Charleston, South Carolina, according to the documents. John Seewer, The Seattle Times, "Feds: Ohio plot suspect wrote to Charleston church shooter," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This thread from November 2017, for instance, documents a complaint one organization made about Bravo to RIPE NCC, the organization responsible for allocating and registering IP addresses in 75 countries in Europe and Western Asia. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M," 21 Dec. 2018 Hanging in Cole's trailer, Lili documented the whole night on her Instagram story. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Relationship," 30 July 2018 Reporters who are on the scene covering the tragedy documented people approaching the cars and placing mementos on social media. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "People Are Leaving Flowers and Stuffed Animals on Cars Left Behind by Ride the Ducks Victims," 20 July 2018 His track record of lying is legendary and well-documented. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 The couple post a lot about their relationship on social media, and recently documented a trip to New York City, where Christina announced her new HGTV show, Christina on the Coast. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Ant Anstead Clapped Back At A Fan Who Slammed His Relationship With Christina El Moussa," 29 June 2018 The lawsuit documented the low reading and math proficiency rates of Detroit students, as well as classes without teachers and outdated or insufficient classroom materials. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Judge dismisses lawsuit against Snyder over Detroit kids' literacy," 29 June 2018 The human rights group Global Witness documented 197 murders of people defending land and environmental rights in 2017. National Geographic, "Tropical Forest Loss Slowed in 2017—To the Second Worst Total Ever," 27 June 2018 Baron documented about 180 different scenes on ceramics and murals from about 691 C.E. through 900 C.E. which show commodities delivered to Maya leaders as a tribute, or a kind of tax. Joshua Rapp Learn, Science | AAAS, "The Maya civilization used chocolate as money," 27 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 \

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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