Essential Meaning of document
1 : an official paper that gives information about something or that is used as proof of something It is important to keep all of your financial documents in a safe place. legal/official/historical documents An important classified document has been leaked to the media.
2 : a computer file that contains text that you have written creating a new document on your computer I lost the document when the hard drive crashed.
Full Definition of document
(Entry 1 of 2)
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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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
documented; documenting; documents
Definition of document (Entry 2 of 2)
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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