document

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From Middle French document.

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document (plural documents)

  1. An original or official paper used as the basis, proof, or support of anything else, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information pertinent to such proof or support.
    • 1794, William Paley, View of the Evidences of Christianity
      Saint Luke [] collected them from such documents and testimonies as he [] judged to be authentic.
  2. Any material substance on which the information is represented by writing.
  3. (computing) A file that contains text.
  4. (obsolete) That which is taught or authoritatively set forth; precept; instruction; dogma.
    • 1741, Isaac Watts, The Improvement of the Mind
      And particularly they should take care that the memory of the learner be not too much crowded with a tumultuous heap or overbearing multitude of documents or ideas at one time.
  5. (obsolete) An example for instruction or warning.
    • 1614, Sir Walter Raleigh, The Historie of the World
      They were forthwith stoned to death, as a document to others.

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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.

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document m

  1. document

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document n (plural documenten, diminutive documentje n)

  1. document

French[edit]

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Borrowed from Latin documentum.

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document m (plural documents)

  1. document
  2. (computing) file

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