A document is a piece of paper that contains official information. Don't you wish you had a document saying that the bank owed you $5 million?

Document comes from the Latin verb meaning "to teach," so a document instructs you with the information it contains. Legal documents such as contracts contain instructions on how the people signing it will act. Passports, driver’s licenses and birth certificates are all official documents. As a verb, document means "to record in detail," or "offer supporting evidence for." If you call a company to complain about something, make sure to document your phone calls by noting the date you called, who you spoke to and what was said.

Definitions of document
  1. noun
    anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks
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    letter, missive
    a written message addressed to a person or organization
    business letter
    a letter dealing with business
    cover letter, covering letter
    a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information
    crank letter
    a hostile (usually anonymous) letter
    encyclical, encyclical letter
    a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
    fan letter
    a letter that is a piece of fan mail
    personal letter
    a letter dealing with personal affairs
    form letter
    a letter that is printed in multiple copies and mailed to a list of recipients
    open letter
    a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public
    chain letter
    a letter that is sent successively to several people
    a letter from a pastor to the congregation
    round robin
    a letter signed by a number of people
    aerogram, aerogramme, air letter, airmail letter
    a letter sent by air mail
    a specially long, formal letter
    dead letter, dead mail
    mail that can neither be delivered nor returned
    letter of intent
    any letter expressing an intention to take (or forgo) some action
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
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    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  2. noun
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
    synonyms: papers, written document
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    a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
    a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)
    a document containing the terms of surrender
    certificate, certification, credential, credentials
    a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
    a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
    commercial document, commercial instrument
    a document of or relating to commerce
    a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party
    copyright, right of first publication
    a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
    enclosure, inclosure
    something (usually a supporting document) that is enclosed in an envelope with a covering letter
    a printed document with spaces in which to write
    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
    a document written on papyrus
    patent, patent of invention
    a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
    platform, political platform, political program, program
    a document stating the aims and principles of a political party
    a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign
    declaration, resolution, resolve
    a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
    a document (or organization) from which information is obtained
    (patent law) a document drawn up by the applicant for a patent of invention that provides an explicit and detailed description of the nature and use of an invention
    a document that serves as evidence of some expenditure
    report, study, written report
    a written document describing the findings of some individual or group
    articles of incorporation
    a legal document that creates a corporation; it is filed with a state by the founders of a corporation and is governed by the laws of the state
    application form
    a form to use when making an application
    claim form
    a form to use when filing a claim
    order form
    a form to use when placing an order
    a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
    requisition, requisition form
    an official form on which a request is made
    tax form
    a form to use when paying your taxes
    telegraph form
    a form to use when sending a telegram
    absentee ballot
    (election) a ballot that is cast while absent (usually mailed in prior to election day)
    certificate of incorporation
    state approval of the articles of incorporation of a corporation
    bank charter
    a charter authorizing the operation of a bank
    royal charter
    a charter granted by the sovereign (especially in Great Britain)
    birth certificate
    a copy of the official document giving details of a person's birth
    diploma, sheepskin
    a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
    commission, military commission
    an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
    bill of health
    a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)
    a document certifying an act of registering
    teacher's certificate, teaching certificate
    a certificate saying that the holder is qualified to teach in the public schools
    derivative, derivative instrument
    a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
    negotiable instrument
    an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money
    a document issued by a country to a citizen allowing that person to travel abroad and re-enter the home country
    ship's papers
    official papers which a ship is legally required to have; related to ownership, cargo, etc.
    a customs document listing the contents put on a ship or plane
    abdication, stepping down
    the act of abdicating
    joint resolution
    a resolution passed by both houses of Congress which becomes legally binding when signed by the Chief Executive (or passed over the Chief Executive's veto)
    financial statement, statement
    a document showing credits and debits
    coupon, voucher
    a negotiable certificate that can be detached and redeemed as needed
    a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something (as to ride on public transportation or to enter a public entertainment)
    a certificate or voucher acknowledging a debt
    appraisal, estimate, estimation
    a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)
    order, purchase order
    a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities
    power of attorney
    a legal instrument authorizing someone to act as the grantor's agent
    letters of administration
    legal document naming someone to administer an estate when no executor has been named
    letters testamentary
    a legal document from a probate court or court officer informing you of your appointment as executor of a will and empowering you to discharge those responsibilities
    work papers, work permit, working papers
    a legal document giving information required for employment of certain people in certain countries
    act, enactment
    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
    legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity
    bill, measure
    a statute in draft before it becomes law
    brief, legal brief
    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
    testament, will
    a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
    probate, probate will
    a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
    living will
    a document written by someone still legally capable requesting that he should be allowed to die if subsequently severely disabled or suffering terminal illness
    deed, deed of conveyance, title
    a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it
    the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
    deed of trust, trust deed
    a written instrument legally conveying property to a trustee often used to secure an obligation such as a mortgage or promissory note
    document effecting a property transfer
    income tax return, return, tax return
    document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability
    licence, license, permit
    a legal document giving official permission to do something
    letters patent, patent
    an official document granting a right or privilege
    judgement, judgment, legal opinion, opinion
    the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
    acquittance, release
    a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
    judicial writ, writ
    (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
    authorisation, authorization, mandate
    a document giving an official instruction or command
    source materials
    publications from which information is obtained
    fountainhead, well, wellspring
    an abundant source
    written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
    written agreement
    a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
    a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance
    case study
    a careful study of some social unit (as a corporation or division within a corporation) that attempts to determine what factors led to its success or failure
    white book, white paper
    a government report; bound in white
    blue book
    a report published by the British government; bound in blue
    green paper
    a preliminary report of government proposals that is published in order to stimulate discussion
    progress report
    a report of work accomplished during a specified time period
    position paper
    a report that explains or justifies or recommends some particular policy
    medical report
    a report of the results of a medical examination of a patient
    bill of indictment, indictment
    a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
    a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
    a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment
    certificate, security
    a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
    primary source
    a firsthand account or contemporary document or artifact that provides information about an event or time period
    secondary source
    a source that describes or analyzes information from primary sources
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    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
  3. noun
    a written account of ownership or obligation
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    letter of credit
    a document issued by a bank that guarantees the payment of a customer's draft; substitutes the bank's credit for the customer's credit
    certificate of indebtedness, debt instrument, obligation
    a written promise to repay a debt
    a document or receipt certifying release from an obligation or debt
    a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction
    cash equivalent
    a highly liquid debt instrument with maturities of less than three months
    CD, certificate of deposit
    a debt instrument issued by a bank; usually pays interest
    commercial letter of credit
    a letter of credit given to a business concern for commercial purposes
    traveler's letter of credit, traveller's letter of credit
    a letter of credit given to a traveler
    note, note of hand, promissory note
    a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time
    balance sheet
    a record of the financial situation of an institution on a particular date by listing its assets and the claims against those assets
    expense record
    a written record of money spent
    account book, book, book of account, ledger, leger
    a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
    a slip of paper included with your pay that records how much money you have earned and how much tax or insurance etc. has been taken out
    a book in which names and transactions are listed
    bankbook, passbook
    a record of deposits and withdrawals and interest held by depositors at certain banks
    checkbook, chequebook
    a book issued to holders of checking accounts
    a debt instrument with a variable interest rate tied to some other interest rate (e.g. the rate paid by T-bills)
    bond, bond certificate
    a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal
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    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  4. noun
    (computer science) a computer file that contains text (and possibly formatting instructions) using seven-bit ASCII characters
    synonyms: text file
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    web page, webpage
    a document connected to the World Wide Web and viewable by anyone connected to the internet who has a web browser
    ASCII text file
    a text file that contains only ASCII characters without special formatting
    source code
    program instructions written as an ASCII text file; must be translated by a compiler or interpreter or assembler into the object code for a particular computer before execution
    home page, homepage
    the opening page of a web site
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    computer file
    (computer science) a file maintained in computer-readable form
  5. verb
    record in detail
    “The parents documented every step of their child's development”
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  6. verb
    support or supply with references
    “Can you document your claims?”
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    specify the origin of
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    affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain
    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
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