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"document" in British English

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documentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈdɒk.jʊ.mənt/  us   /ˈdɑː.kjʊ-/
A2 a ​paper or set of ​papers with written or ​printedinformation, ​especially of an ​officialtype: official/​confidential/​legal documents They are ​charged with using forged documents.B1 a ​text that is written and ​stored on a ​computer: I'll ​send you the document by ​email.

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documentverb [T]

uk   /ˈdɒk.jʊ.mənt/ /-ment/  us   /ˈdɑː.kjʊ-/
to ​record the ​details of an ​event, a ​process, etc.: His ​interest in ​cars has been well-documented (= ​recorded and written about) by the ​media.
(Definition of document from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"document" in American English

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documentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdɑk·jə·mənt/
a ​paper or set of ​papers with written or ​printedinformation, esp. of an ​officialtype: Do you have all ​your documents in ​order to ​apply for a ​passport? A document is also a ​file on a ​computer in which ​text is ​stored.

documentverb [T]

 us   /ˈdɑk·jəˌment/
to ​recordinformation about something by writing about it or taking ​photographs of it: The ​study documents ​variousaspects of ​Indianlife in this ​period.
(Definition of document from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"document" in Business English

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documentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdɒkjəmənt/
a ​paper or set of ​papers that contains ​officialinformation or ​instructions: a one-/five-/twenty-, etc. ​page document a consultative/​consultation/​framework documentdraft/circulate/publish a document Each ​bank will be ​required to ​publish a document detailing its ​annual and ​finalbonuspayments.obtain/receive/sign a document Don't ​sign any documents with ​itemsleftblank or containing anything you don't understand.a document contains/outlines/describes Federal Agency documents ​outline the ​scope of the extensive ​project. Full details will be ​included in your policy document. We will ​accept original documents only, not ​copies. A ​spokesman from the Home ​Officerefused to comment on the leaked document. a forged document a legal/​official/​formal document a classified/​internal/​confidential document
COMMUNICATIONS, IT a ​computerfile that contains ​text and sometimes ​images: print/save/format a document Remember to ​save your documents at ​regular intervals when making ​changes. I was unable to open theattached document.

documentverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈdɒkjəment/
to ​recordinformation about something important by writing about it or photographing it: Companies must document the ​controls their ​financialdepartments use to ​deterfraud. The harmful ​effects of greenhouse ​gases have been well documented. A recent ​stateinvestigationfound that the ​district has failed to document how it ​spent some $23 million in ​federalfunds.
(Definition of document from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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