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noun [C] uk   /ˌdɒk.jʊˈmen.tər.i/  us   /ˌdɑː.kjəˈmen.t̬ɚ-/
B1 a film or television or radio programme that gives facts and information about a subject: The documentary took a fresh look at the life of Darwin. They showed a documentary on animal communication.
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adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌdɒk.jʊˈmen.tər.i/  us   /ˌdɑː.kjəˈmen.t̬ɚ-/
in the form of documents: Human rights campaigners have discovered documentary evidence of torture. giving facts and information about a subject in the form of a film or television or radio programme: Most of her movies have a documentary style.
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