document

noun
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt How to pronounce document (audio) , -kyü- \

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 legal/official/historical documents An important classified document has been leaked to the media.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)

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2a : a writing conveying information financial documents historical documents a classified document that was leaked to the media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 How to pronounce document (audio) \
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

Other Words from document

Noun

documental \ ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce document (audio) , -​kyü-​ \ adjective

Verb

documentable \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce document (audio) , ˌdä-​kyə-​ˈmen-​ , -​kyü-​ \ adjective
documenter \ ˈdä-​kyə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce document (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for document

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 European Commission will propose that member states should continue welcoming all travelers inoculated with shots approved by the bloc, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. John Follain, Fortune, 25 Nov. 2021 According to a defense sentencing document, Shepherd sold drugs to support his own addiction. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 The existing lights have outlived their useful life and the new LEDs will be highly efficient, have a neutral color and will cast a very directional beam which greatly reduces glare, according to a county document. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 19 Nov. 2021 But that initial project failed to gain traction with would-be tenants, and Campanile remained about half-empty, according to a DAFC document from 2017. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 16 Nov. 2021 Like the older version, the document states that countries recognize the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avert the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Officers also found partially empty bottles of alcohol inside Facer’s vehicle, the document states. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 The document states the penalty is no more than 2 ½ years in the house of correction, a fine of no more than $5,000 or both imprisonment and the fine. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 In July 2020, Oudomsine applied for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the Small Business Association (SBA), later receiving a payment of $85,000 from the organization the following month, the document states. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 25 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Frontman Kevin Martin and his current lineup invited me along to document the first part of their tour. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 The list, called Ohio Outdoor Sculpture, grew out of a national project launched by the Smithsonian Institution in the 1990s to document public sculpture. Steven Litt, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2021 Joseph Wendelken, the state health department spokesman, told the Globe that the state conducted an inspection of the facilities to formally document noncompliance. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Black storage bins were placed outside tents with a sheet to document inventory for the move. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2021 The National Weather Service asked residents of the area to share pictures of storm damage so the agency could document where the twisters struck on Sunday night. NBC News, 25 Oct. 2021 The warrant was obtained Friday so investigators could document the scene at the ranch where the shooting took place. Arkansas Online, 23 Oct. 2021 Legislators in New York state are considering a bill banning the use of fossil fuels to mine bitcoin and are calling for miners to document their carbon footprints. Shane Shifflett, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 During the first wave, Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, had taken to sleeping in his office, and had welcomed several journalists in to document his setup. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/document. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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document

noun
doc·​u·​ment | \ ˈdä-kyə-mənt How to pronounce document (audio) \

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 How to pronounce document (audio) \

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 How to pronounce document (audio) \

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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