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: You'll need documents from your employers and your bank to prepare your income tax return.
any written item, as a book, article, or letter, especially of a factual or informative nature: The leaked document proves that the management team knew about the safety issues before the product launch.
Digital Technology. a computer data file, especially one with formatted text: Luckily, I saved my document right before the power went out.
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.
- doc·u·ment·a·ble [dok-yuh-men-tuh-buhl, dok-yuh-men-], /ˈdɒk yəˌmɛn tə bəl, ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn-/, adjective
- doc·u·ment·er, noun
- non·doc·u·ment·ed, adjective, noun
- re·doc·u·ment, verb (used with object)
- well-doc·u·ment·ed, adjective
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How to use document in a sentence
According to CNN, the city released some 325 pages of documents on Monday, detailing the extent to which officials went to try and control the narrative around Prude’s death.Officials Worked To Deliberately Delay Release Of Daniel Prude Body Cam Footage | mharris | September 17, 2020 | Essence.com
In January of this year, a Harvard Berkman Klein Center review of 36 of the most prominent documents guiding national and company AI strategies found eight common themes—among them privacy, safety, fairness, and explainability.Why kids need special protection from AI’s influence | Karen Hao | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The rates for the extra suites ranged from $142 to $283 per night, according to the documents.Trump’s businesses charged Secret Service more than $1.1 million, including for rooms in club shuttered for pandemic | David Fahrenthold, Josh Dawsey | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
According to the department’s standard operating procedures document, the department had previously used the system to identify “work-related problematic behavioral patterns among members.”The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained | Fabiola Cineas | September 17, 2020 | Vox
The proposal would guarantee free public access to judicial documents, ending the current practice of charging 10 cents per page for many documents—as well as search results.Bill to tear down federal courts’ paywall gains momentum in Congress | Timothy B. Lee | September 16, 2020 | Ars Technica
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country | Jacob Siegel | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am not the first or last person to document the hip-hop scene in Cuba.
Normal procedure is that any member country can request that a document be circulated, and the UN does it pro-forma.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’ | William Boot | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is both an outstanding work of scholarship and a commanding visual document.
The document said Wright was condescending and had “resorted to name-calling,” though no examples were offered.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired. | David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Empress had shewn herself too entirely prejudiced, to have been affected by any document he could have presented.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
“Lecompton” constitution of Kansas was a pro-slavery document which Buchanan favoured.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The Assistant Commissioner, hand pressed to brow, began to study a document which lay before him.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Decollat,” says a contemporary document, with a grim succinctness, “in castrum Londin: vulgo turris appellatur.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
One of them snarls quietly out of a long document about the Statement of Claim.
British Dictionary definitions for document
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, etc: the 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
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