Definition of “document” - English Dictionary

“document” in British English

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documentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɒk.jə.mənt/ us /ˈdɑː.kjə.mənt/

A2 a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type:

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.jə.ment/ us /ˈdɑː.kjə.ment/

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 printed information, esp. of an official type:

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 record information about something by writing about it or taking photographs of it:

The study documents various aspects of Indian life 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 /ˈdɒkjəmənt/ us

a paper or set of papers that contains official information or instructions:

a one-/five-/twenty-, etc. page document
draft/circulate/publish a document Each bank will be required to publish a document detailing its annual and final bonus payments.
obtain/receive/sign a document Don't sign any documents with items left blank 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 Office refused to comment on the leaked document.
a forged document
a legal/official/formal document

COMMUNICATIONS, IT a computer file 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 the attached document.

documentverb [ T ]

uk /ˈdɒkjəment/ us

to record information about something important by writing about it or photographing it:

Companies must document the controls their financial departments use to deter fraud.
The harmful effects of greenhouse gases have been well documented.
A recent state investigation found that the district has failed to document how it spent some $23 million in federal funds.

(Definition of “document” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)