document meaning

[ 'dɔkjumənt ] Pronunciation:   "document" in a sentence
  • Noun: document  dókyumunt
    1. Writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
      - written document, papers 
    2. Anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks 
    3. A written account of ownership or obligation 
    4. (computer science) a computer file that contains text (and possibly formatting instructions) using seven-bit ASCII characters
      - text file
    Verb: document  'dókyu`ment
    1. Record in detail
      "The parents documented every step of their child's development" 
    2. Support or supply with references
      "Can you document your claims?"

    Derived forms: documents, documenting, documented

    See also: documental, documentary, documentation

    Type of: affirm, communication, computer file, confirm, corroborate, enter, piece of writing, put down, record, representation, substantiate, support, sustain, writing, written material

    Encyclopedia: Document

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun /; AmE / [C]



    an official paper or book that gives information about sth, or that can be used as evidence or proof of sth:

    The company has published a 29-page document outlining the proposed merger.

    a consultation document on boardroom pay

    Have you received your tickets and travel documents?

    Copies of the relevant documents must be filed at court.

    Emails and other internal documents had been leaked to the newspapers.

    a formal/legal/an official/a written document

    ◆ a consultation/discussion/policy/strategy document

    ◆ to draft/draw up/publish/sign a document

    ◆ to destroy/shred/tear up documents

    ◆ a document details/outlines/says/states sth


    a computer file that contains text that has a name that identifies it:

    To create a new document, select 'New' from the File menu.

    scrolling through a document

    ❖ to create/edit/save a document

    ◆ to close/download/open/print (out) a document

    verb /; AmE / [+ obj]

    to record the details of sth in writing:

    a project to document manufacturing procedures

    The country's economic problems have been well documented.

  • [Electronics]
    1. In digital computer operations, especially in file maintenance, a form that provides information pertinent to a transaction. Also see TRANSACTION.
    2. To perform documentation (see DOCUMENTATION,
    2). 3. A computer text file.

  • [Law]
    n. Something that records or transmits information, typically in writing on paper. For the purposes of providing evidence to a court, documents include books, maps, plans, drawings, photographs, graphs, discs, tapes, soundtracks, and films (see also COMPUTER DOCUMENTS). Some legal documents are only valid if they meet certain requirements (see DEED; WILL). Documents that are to be used in court proceedings must be disclosed to the other party in a procedure known as disclosure and inspection of documents. In court, the original of a document must be produced in most cases. In the case of a public document a particular kind of copy must be produced; for example, a copy of a statute must be a government printer's copy, and a copy of a byelaw must be certified by the clerk to the local authority concerned. The authenticity of private documents must be proved by the evidence of a witness. In practice this procedure is often avoided or simplified by each party admitting the authenticity of particular documents prior to the court hearing. See also PAROL EVIDENCE RULE; PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS.

  • [Computer]
    1. <application> Any specific type of file produced or edited by a specific application; usually capable of being printed. E.g. "Word document", "Photoshop document", etc.

    2. <hypertext> A term used on some systems (e.g. Intermedia) for a hypertext node. It is sometimes used for a collection of nodes on related topics, possibly stored or distributed as one.

    3. <programming> To write documentation on a certain piece of code.


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  1. the legal documents had no known model.
  2. he tendered the shipping documents required.
  3. the latter tenders him the shipping documents.
  4. the manager annexed his seal to the document.
  5. it turned out to be a shallow document.

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