- a written or printed paper furnishing information or evidence, as a passport, deed, bill of sale, or bill of lading; a legal or official paper.
- any written item, as a book, article, or letter, especially of a factual or informative nature.
- a computer data file.
- Archaic. evidence; proof.
- to furnish with documents.
- to furnish with references, citations, etc., in support of statements made: a carefully documented biography.
- to support by documentary evidence: to document a case.
- Nautical. to provide (a vessel) with a certificate giving particulars concerning nationality, ownership, tonnage, dimensions, etc.
- Obsolete. to instruct.
Origin of document
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Examples from the Web for documented
In recent years news outlets have documented the rise of so-called “birth tourism” here in America.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
Kocurek documented the scene with notes and diagrams, and called the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
At least five detainees were subjected to “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration,” without any documented medical need.The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 9, 2014
And as the Israeli NGO Yesh Din has documented, that penalty is actually on the high end.Arabs Are the Michael Browns of Israel
December 3, 2014
In several cases, serious complications arose, and at least one death was documented.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
Frequently, the original appearance of tools can be documented.Woodworking Tools 1600-1900
Peter C. Welsh
Every step of the work must be documented beyond any refutation.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
The drama with which these pages deal is documented from life.The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident
Many local sources claim that the house was built in 1801 by William Maffitt, but this supposition has not been documented.Salona, Fairfax County, Virginia
Judged from the point of view of the scientific investigator, the work is neither a popular nor a documented account.
- a piece of paper, booklet, etc, providing information, esp of an official or legal nature
- a piece of text or text and graphics stored in a computer as a file for manipulation by document processing software
- archaic evidence; proof
- to record or report in detail, as in the press, on television, etcthe trial was well documented by the media
- to support (statements in a book) with citations, references, etc
- to support (a claim, etc) with evidence or proof
- to furnish (a vessel) with official documents specifying its ownership, registration, weight, dimensions, and function
Word Origin and History for documented
early 15c., "teaching, instruction," from Old French document (13c.) "lesson, written evidence," from Latin documentum "example, proof, lesson," in Medieval Latin "official written instrument," from docere "to show, teach" (see doctor (n.)). Meaning "something written that provides proof or evidence" is from early 18c. Related: Documents.
1640s, "to teach;" see document (n.). Meaning "to support by documentary evidence" is from 1711. Related: Documented; documenting.