Definition of document in English:



  • A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.

    • ‘The documents also included information relating to their financial activities.’
    • ‘That model was the only document providing an economic rationale for the Oasis project.’
    • ‘The document will serve as the basis for discussions on the matter at the body.’
    • ‘It is also used to host information and to provide links to documents and other relevant web sites.’
    • ‘It serves to provide a central hub for documents and information related to biodiversity.’
    • ‘For the first time emails were produced as official documents in a public inquiry.’
    • ‘We reviewed the summary documents which were provided to members of the risk committee.’
    • ‘All such documents will be recorded electronically and returned intact to the owners.’
    • ‘Most of what I write is actually just cut and paste stuff from official documents, but I seem to get away with it.’
    • ‘The budget needs to be fully loaded and then we will need to print the document.’
    • ‘The documents contained evidence from an informant that another suspect could have been responsible.’
    • ‘Now he is busy transferring the title to official documents such as his passport and driving licence.’
    • ‘The final goal is to allow students to order official documents via the Internet.’
    • ‘The obvious one is that all contracts, documents and deeds are written in English.’
    • ‘Just a few minutes ago I was served with two new documents from the prosecution.’
    • ‘The site provides access to official documents and reports, but not any political analysis.’
    • ‘The paper would serve as a legal document in court should they find it necessary to file a lawsuit in the future.’
    • ‘The originals of several documents handed in as evidence also appeared to form part of the file.’
    • ‘The developer will be required to provide various documents as outlined in the Trustee Questionnaire.’
    • ‘Information can take the form of certificates, documents and other written evidence.’
    official paper, legal paper, paper, form, certificate, deed, charter, contract, legal agreement
    record, report
    instrument, indenture, acquittance
    paperwork, documentation
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  • 1 Record (something) in written, photographic, or other form.

    ‘the photographer spent years documenting the lives of miners’
    • ‘Use of the following five antimicrobial ingredients is well documented in the clinical literature.’
    • ‘The trauma of physical and sexual abuse is well documented in the literature on female criminality and delinquency.’
    • ‘The film extensively documented the effects of the atomic bomb on human bodies.’
    • ‘The government is also in the process of registering fishermen and documenting their needs, he added.’
    • ‘Last week, another report documented a sharp drop in National Guard recruiting rates.’
    • ‘They've written a book documenting case after case of ordinary people suddenly caught in a nightmare.’
    • ‘To mark the occasion, the Royal Parks Agency is running a series of guided tours of the garden and establishing an archive documenting its history.’
    • ‘Usually research would include a study of photographs taken over the years, but very few photographs exist in the archives documenting its history.’
    • ‘Fatal reactions are rare, but four deaths meticulously documented in a Swedish study beg caution.’
    • ‘Each of the study teams has come back with a wealth of photographs documenting the flora and fauna in these regions.’
    • ‘The importance of identity changes is well documented in literature on substance abuse recovery.’
    • ‘A full report documenting the detailed debate and analysis will be published separately.’
    • ‘Recent medical studies have documented what backyard enthusiasts have known for years: gardening is good for us.’
    • ‘The Coast Guard recognized that there is a public interest in the media's recording and documenting this event.’
    • ‘Evidence of culture is not extensively documented in the archaeological record until around 50,000 years ago.’
    • ‘I had more fun documenting this particular morning than writing anything else during the year.’
    • ‘I'm kicking myself for not thoroughly documenting the birds with photographs and audio recordings.’
    • ‘Interaction effects have been extensively documented and reviewed.’
    • ‘Randy has gone back and meticulously documented what happened that day.’
    • ‘She was later treated with a penicillin-based drug despite her allergy being documented in her case notes.’
    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
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    1. 1.1Support or accompany with documentation.
      • ‘There is online archived material to view and printable worksheets to help children document their work.’
      • ‘The rise to the current level is well documented and fully explained in our annual reports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I can provide you the letter which documents what I said in that letter.’
      substantiate, back up, give force to, give weight to, bear out, corroborate, confirm, attest to, verify, prove, validate, authenticate, endorse, ratify
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin documentum lesson, proof (in medieval Latin written instruction, official paper), from docere teach.