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paper
pa|per1 W1S1 [ˈpeıpə US -ər] n
flower, ↑paper, ↑string
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1¦(for writing/wrapping)¦
2¦(newspaper)¦
3¦(documents/letters)¦
4 on paper
5¦(examination)¦
6¦(speech/piece of writing)¦
7¦(piece of schoolwork)¦
8¦(official publication)¦
9¦(for walls)¦
10¦(financial)¦
11¦(toilet)¦
12 not worth the paper it is written on/printed on
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: papier, from Latin papyrus; PAPYRUS]
1.) ¦(FOR WRITING/WRAPPING)¦[U]
material in the form of thin sheets that is used for writing on, wrapping things etc
piece/sheet of paper
Write it down on a piece of paper.
scrap/slip of paper
(=a small piece of paper)
recycled paper
a box wrapped in plain brown paper
flowers made from tissue paper (=very light thin paper)
writing/wrapping paper
sheets of writing paper
2.) ¦(NEWSPAPER)¦
a newspaper
Have you seen today's paper?
You'll read about it in tomorrow's papers.
Sunday/evening/daily paper
The story was all over the Sunday papers.
local/national/trade paper
Why don't you put an ad in the local paper?
3.) ¦(DOCUMENTS/LETTERS)¦
papers [plural]
a) pieces of paper with writing on them that you use in your work, at meetings etc
I left some important papers in my briefcase.
b) documents and letters concerning someone's private or public life
While I was organizing Simon's papers I came across his diaries.
c) divorce papers
documents concerning a ↑divorce
d) official documents such as your ↑passport, ↑identity card etc
My papers are all in order (=they are legal and correct) .
4.) on paper
a) if you put ideas or information on paper, you write them down
put/get sth down on paper
You need to get some of these thoughts down on paper.
b) if something seems true on paper, it seems to be true as an idea, but may not be true in a real situation
= ↑in theory
It's a nice idea on paper, but you'll never get it to work.
5.) ¦(EXAMINATION)¦ BrE
a set of printed questions used as an examination in a particular subject, and the answers people write
an exam paper
I have a stack of papers to mark.
history/French etc paper
The geography paper was really easy.
6.) ¦(SPEECH/PIECE OF WRITING)¦
a piece of writing or a talk on a particular subject by someone who has made a study of it
a scientific paper
paper on
a paper on psychology
Professor Usborne gave a paper on recent developments in his field.
7.) ¦(PIECE OF SCHOOLWORK)¦ especially AmE a piece of writing that is done as part of a course at school or university
= ↑essay paper on
a paper on the Civil War
8.) ¦(OFFICIAL PUBLICATION)¦
a report prepared by a government or committee on a question they have been considering or a proposal for changes in the law
We will publish a discussion paper on the future of the BBC.
paper on
the 1998 White Paper on political reform
a working paper (=a report that is not final) on funding the Health Service
9.) ¦(FOR WALLS)¦ [U and C]
paper for covering and decorating the walls of a room
a floral paper
10.)¦(FINANCIAL)¦ [U and C]
↑stocks and ↑shares that can be bought and sold on a financial market
11.) ¦(TOILET)¦[U]
soft thin paper used for cleaning yourself after you have used the toilet
= ↑toilet paper, toilet roll ↑toilet roll
12.) not worth the paper it is written on/printed on
if something such as a contract is not worth the paper it is written on, it has no value because whatever is promised in it will not happen
put/set pen to paper atpen1 (3), ↑waste paper
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HINT sense 1
When paper refers to the material that you write on, it is an uncountable noun. Do not say that something is written on 'a paper'. Say that it is written on a piece of paper.
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paper 2
paper2 adj [only before noun]
1.) made of paper
a paper bag
2.) written or printed on paper
The brochure is available in electronic and paper versions.
3.) paper qualifications
an expression meaning documents showing that you have passed particular examinations, used specially when you think that experience and knowledge are more important
Paper qualifications are no guide to ability.
4.) existing only as an idea but not having any real value
paper profits (=a record of the value of something, that is not real until the thing is sold)
paper promises
paper 3
paper3 v [T]
1.) to decorate the walls of a room by covering them with special paper
2.) paper over the cracks
to try to hide disagreements or difficulties
We need to discuss disagreements honestly without papering over the cracks.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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