[noun dok-yuh-muhnt; verb dok-yuh-ment]


verb (used with object)

Origin of document

1400–50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin documentum example (as precedent, warning, etc.), equivalent to doc- (stem of docēre to teach) + -u- (variant of -i- -i- before labials) + -mentum -ment
Related formsdoc·u·ment·a·ble [dok-yuh-men-tuh-buhl, dok-yuh-men-] /ˈdɒk yəˌmɛn tə bəl, ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn-/, adjectivedoc·u·ment·er, nounnon·doc·u·ment·ed, adjective, nounre·doc·u·ment, verb (used with object)well-doc·u·ment·ed, adjective

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noun (ˈdɒkjʊmənt)

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

verb (ˈdɒkjʊˌmɛnt) (tr)

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 for document

C15: from Latin documentum a lesson, from docēre to teach
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Word Origin and History for document

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.

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