document

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noun

doc·​u·​ment ˈdä-kyə-mənt How to pronounce document (audio)
-kyü-
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
2
a
: 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historical documents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
documental adjective

document

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verb

doc·​u·​ment ˈdä-kyə-ˌment How to pronounce document (audio)
documented; documenting; documents

transitive verb

1
: to furnish documentary evidence of
documenting their claims
documenting gorillas in their natural habitat
2
: to furnish with documents
3
a
: 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
documentable
ˈdä-kyə-ˌmen-tə-bəl How to pronounce document (audio)
ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-
-kyü-
adjective
documenter noun

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That would generally also apply to international employees, subject to local legal requirements, the document said. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 The recall document said the defect put drivers at risk of losing control. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2022 Reno then set the clinic ablaze in December 2021, the document said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 Cell phone towers placed both suspects in the area where the suitcase was found on April 14, the document said. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2022 Police later found Clegg’s tent, purchased at Walmart, on University of Vermont property and got a warrant to search the tent and his backpack, the document said. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2022 In scratchy handwriting that was hard to make out, the document said that the parents’ first names were Miguel and María. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2022 The document said the company had more than one manager but did not identify them. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 Afterward, Ryan apologized and began to cry, the document said. CBS News, 13 Sep. 2022
Verb
After Russian forces were routed from the northeastern region of Kharkiv, Ukrainian prosecutors and independent journalists moved quickly to document mass graves, torture rooms and other evidence of atrocities. Marc Santora, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2022 Other Kardashians got in on the social media action to document the glamorous evening, including sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who embraced while in all-black outfits atop various pieces of modern furnishings at sister Kim's home. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 Waiting for the train along the tracks were dozens of people, waving Ukrainian flags and holding phones in the air to document the arrival. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 In addition to its sheer size, they were met with other obstacles—say a cabin or a random woodshed nestled among the trees—with each route taking anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours to completely document. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2022 Swifties took to Twitter on Tuesday to document their issues. Joey Morona, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2022 Klooster was there to document what surrounding homeowners already suspected: The tank battery was leaking a mix of methane and other pollutants that were wafting into the surrounding community. Carlos Anchondo, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2022 Rude, Rigsby and Aoki talked with dozens of elders from several tribes of the Interior Columbia Plateau to document the meaning, pronunciation, spelling, and context of Plateau languages. Wil Phinney, oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2022 Qin Li, a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum and the paper’s lead author, spent over two months visiting more than 100 sites throughout the bloom season to document their blossoms and other characteristics. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of document was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near document

Cite this Entry

“Document.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/document. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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noun

doc·​u·​ment ˈdäk-yə-mənt How to pronounce document (audio)
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: a written or printed paper giving information about or proof of something
2
: a computer file usually created with an application program (as a word processor)

document

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verb

doc·​u·​ment ˈdäk-yə-ˌment How to pronounce document (audio)
: to give evidence of by a document
documentable
ˈdäk-yə-ˌment-ə-bəl How to pronounce document (audio)
ˌdäk-yə-ˈment-
adjective

Legal Definition

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noun

doc·​u·​ment ˈdä-kyə-mənt How to pronounce document (audio)
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: a writing (as a deed or lease) conveying information see also instrument
2
a
: 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)

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transitive verb

doc·​u·​ment ˈdä-kyə-ˌment How to pronounce document (audio)
1
a
: 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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