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documentarynoun [C]

uk   /ˌdɒk.jʊˈmen.tər.i/  us   /ˌdɑː.kjəˈmen.t̬ɚ-/
B1 a ​film or ​television or ​radioprogramme that gives ​facts and ​information about a ​subject: The documentary took a ​freshlook at the ​life of Darwin. They ​showed a documentary onanimalcommunication.
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documentaryadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌdɒk.jʊˈmen.tər.i/  us   /ˌdɑː.kjəˈmen.t̬ɚ-/
in the ​form of ​documents: Human ​rightscampaigners have ​discovered documentary evidence of ​torture. giving ​facts and ​information about a ​subject in the ​form of a ​film or ​television or ​radioprogramme: Most of her ​movies have a documentary ​style.
(Definition of documentary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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documentarynoun [C]

 us   /ˌdɑk·jəˈmen·tə·ri/
a ​film or ​television or ​radioprogram that gives ​information about a ​subject and is ​based on ​facts: a documentary on ​animalcommunication

documentaryadjective [not gradable]

 /ˌdɑk·jəˈmen·tə·ri/
consisting of ​officialdocuments or other written or ​printedmaterial: documentary ​evidence
(Definition of documentary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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