Definition of document in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒkjʊm(ə)nt/
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, paper, form, certificate, deed, charter, contract, legal agreement;
record, report;
Law  instrument, indenture, acquittance;
(documents) paperwork, documentation
informal treeware


Pronunciation: /ˈdɒkjʊmɛnt/
[with object]
1Record (something) in written, photographic, or other form: the photographer spent years documenting the lives of miners
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  • 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, file, archive, catalogue, put on record, commit to paper, set down, take down, write down, set down in writing, set down in black and white, write about;
detail, note, describe, cite, instance;
tabulate, chart
rare diarize
1.1Support or accompany with documentation: teaching resources that are documented clearly and comprehensively
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  • 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.



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: /dɒkjʊˈmɛnt(ə)l/
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: /ˌdɒkjʊˈmɛntətɪv/
Example sentences
  • His photographs walk the fine line of documentative anthropology and sensuous beauty.
  • The immense majority of works dealing with nature sound environments reveal some form of documentative understanding of the recordings.
  • Photographs featured include national and international political leaders, entertainers, historical documentative photographs and personal profiles.


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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