journal

noun
jour·​nal | \ ˈjər-nᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio) \

Definition of journal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a daily newspaper usually used in titlesThe Wall Street Journal
b : a periodical dealing especially with matters of current interest an academic journal often used in titlesThe Journal of the American Medical Association
2a : a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use : diary
b : a record of current transactions especially : a book of original entry in double-entry bookkeeping
c : an account of day-to-day events
d : a record of transactions kept by a deliberative or legislative body
3 : the part of a rotating shaft, axle, roll, or spindle that turns in a bearing

journal

verb
journaled; journaling; journals

Definition of journal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

: to keep a personal journal : to enter or record daily thoughts, experiences, etc., in a journal As a kid, I journaled about everything from boys to bad haircuts.Redbook The principal at the school says since students began journaling last year, poor behavior reports have dropped 40 percent.— Stephanie Stahl The students engaged in several process discussions to reflect on their service-learning projects, and they journaled their reactions.Roeper Review

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Other Words from journal

Verb

journaler noun, plural journalers
You don't have to be a writer to be a journaler, but journal keeping will make you a writer anyway. — Robert Moss
journaling \ ˈjər-​nᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce journaling (audio) \ noun
Change your attitude about being awake at night. Savor this time alone for journaling or personal reflection. Self Healing First on the agenda for this crew: a process dieticians call journaling, which involves jotting down every single thing eaten for several days… Family Circle

Examples of journal in a Sentence

Noun I've been keeping a journal for several years. She records her dreams in a journal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both were published last month in journals by the American Medical Association. Freep.com, "In Michigan, 22K are ‘recovered’ from COVID. Many still feel like hell," 10 May 2020 Hot on the heels of that announcement, a scientific journal has released a paper that describes how the drug interferes with the virus. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First drug known to work against SARS-CoV-2 imaged in action," 1 May 2020 Those letters have since turned into preliminary studies, some of which have been published in scientific journals; others that are only available on preprint servers. Kasandra Brabaw, Health.com, "The CDC Says 'Severely Obese' People Are at Greater Risk for COVID-19 Complications—but Are They Really?," 29 Apr. 2020 The new study, led by Wendy Lin, pathology resident at the Columbia University Medical Center and her colleagues, was recently published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Shafaq Zia, STAT, "New study seeks to surface data to produce a stronger measles vaccine," 17 Apr. 2020 The research was published Wednesday in the journal Nature Medicine. Fox News, "COVID-19 patients may be contagious 2 to 3 days before symptoms show, research warns," 15 Apr. 2020 One study, published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine, tracked 52 critically ill patients at a single hospital in Wuhan, China. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Ventilators Aren’t Going to Cure COVID-19. Here’s What They Can Do.," 15 Apr. 2020 The drug, called EIDD-2801, interferes with a key mechanism that allows the SARS-CoV-2 virus to reproduce in high numbers and cause infections, the researchers explained in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Michael Waldholz, Scientific American, "New Coronavirus Drug Shows Promise in Animal Tests," 7 Apr. 2020 Parts of its structure also resemble a virus found in scaly anteaters, according to a paper published earlier this month in the journal Nature Medicine. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "8 strains of the coronavirus are circling the globe. Here's what clues they're giving scientists.," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of journal

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Verb

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for journal

Noun

Middle English, service book containing the day hours, from Anglo-French jurnal, from jurnal, adjective, daily, from Latin diurnalis, from diurnus of the day, from dies day — more at deity

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

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17 May 2020

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“Journal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journal. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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journal

noun

Financial Definition of journal

What It Is

In the finance world, journal is short for journal entry. It is also short for The Wall Street Journal.

How It Works

Journal entries are records of individual financial transactions in a company's accounting system. Due to the standards of double-entry bookkeeping, journal entries typically involve a debit to one or more accounts and a credit to one or more accounts in the same amount. For example, the journal entry for the purchase of a $20,000 fleet vehicle might reflect a $20,000 increase in assets and a corresponding $20,000 decrease in cash.

Why It Matters

Journal entries are the heart and soul of accounting. Accountants must know how to make them correctly so that a company's financial transactions are recorded accurately and in turn convey correct information to shareholders, analysts and other stakeholders. When the books don't balance or there is an error in the numbers, accountants often go back to the journal entries to find out what went wrong. In this way, journal entries are a sort of diary for companies.

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journal

noun
How to pronounce journal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of journal

: a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts
: a newspaper
: a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group of people

journal

noun
jour·​nal | \ ˈjər-nᵊl How to pronounce journal (audio) \

Kids Definition of journal

1 : a brief record (as in a diary) of daily happenings
2 : a magazine that reports on things of special interest to a particular group
3 : a daily newspaper

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