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document

Definition of document

Etymology

    From Middle French document.

Pronunciation

  • (noun)
    (RP): ˈdɒkjʊmənt, /"dQkjUm@nt/
    (US): ˈdɑkjʊmənt, /"dAkjUm@nt/
  • (verb)
    (RP): ˈdɒkjʊmɛnt, /"dQkjUmEnt/
    (US): ˈdɑkjʊmɛnt, /"dAkjUmE@nt/
  • Audio (US) [?]

Noun

document (plural documents)

  1. An original or official paper relied upon as the basis, proof, or support of anything else, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information pertinent to such proof or support. Any material substance on which the thoughts of men are represented by any species of conventional mark or symbol.
  2. (obsolete) That which is taught or authoritatively set forth; precept; instruction; dogma.
  3. (obsolete) An example for instruction or warning.

Related terms

  • docent
  • docile
  • doctor
  • doctorate
  • doctrinaire
  • doctrinal
  • doctrine
  • indoctrinate

Verb

to document (third-person singular simple present documents, present participle documenting, simple past and past participle documented)

  1. To record in documents.

    He documented each step of the process as he did it, which was good when the investigation occurred.

  2. To furnish with documents or papers necessary to establish facts or give information.

    A ship should be documented according to the directions of law.

References

  • document in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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