Definition of document in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdäkyəmənt/
A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.
Example sentences
  • The site provides access to official documents and reports, but not any political analysis.
  • The document will serve as the basis for discussions on the matter at the body.
  • It serves to provide a central hub for documents and information related to biodiversity.
official paper, legal paper, certificate, deed, contract, legal agreement;
Law  instrument, indenture


Pronunciation: /ˈdäkyəˌment/
[with object]
1Record (something) in written, photographic, or other form: the photographer spent years documenting the lives of miners
More example sentences
  • They've written a book documenting case after case of ordinary people suddenly caught in a nightmare.
  • The Coast Guard recognized that there is a public interest in the media's recording and documenting this event.
  • I'm kicking myself for not thoroughly documenting the birds with photographs and audio recordings.
record, register, report, log, chronicle, archive, put on record, write down;
detail, note, describe
1.1Support or accompany with documentation.
Example sentences
  • At one level the book is indeed a meticulously documented economic history of nineteenth-century Madagascar.
  • The book is fully documented, and written in a vigorous style with touches of black humour.
  • There is online archived material to view and printable worksheets to help children document their work.



Pronunciation: /ˌdäkyəˈmentəbəl/
Example sentences
  • The report also notes that the U.S. has relatively detailed and transparent laws, and thus is relatively vulnerable to documentable complaints.
  • The level of detail required to interoperate successfully is simply not documentable - it would produce a stack of paper so high you might as well publish the source code.
  • The documentable inaccuracy of surgeons' predictions has led to the use of computerized scheduling systems that provide OR schedulers with more accurate predictions of procedure durations.


Pronunciation: /ˌdäkyəˈmentl/
Example sentences
  • They are also said to have possessed ‘a documental record, namely a reconnaissance plan concerning the building in New Jersey’.
  • The book deals with a miscarriage of justice, although it is fictional rather than documental, and involves not wrongful conviction but wholesale coverup.
  • He contends that technology is nothing but a documental factor.


Pronunciation: /-ˌmentər/
Example sentences
  • He became known as a sharp documenter of the unseen side of New York as the city raced toward development and gentrification in the eighties and nineties.
  • My father held the position of family documenter, but by the time I arrived, he had turned from shooting print film to a more economical and convenient slide film as his preferred means.
  • This self-perception requires, with greater or less intensity, that the documenter develop a sense of otherness apart from the documented subject.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin documentum 'lesson, proof' (in medieval Latin 'written instruction, official paper'), from docere 'teach'.

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Syllabification: doc·u·ment

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