[ noun dok-yuh-muhnt; verb dok-yuh-ment ]
/ noun ˈdɒk yə mənt; verb ˈdɒk yəˌmɛnt /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of document
OTHER WORDS FROM document
doc·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)
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Example sentences from the Web for document
He transitioned from simply capturing the people in his world to becoming, more consciously, a documenter of his times.Dennis Hopper’s ‘Lost Album’ Displayed in Original Form at Gagosian New York|Isabel Wilkinson|May 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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
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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