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noun paper pronunciation in American English /ˈpeɪpər/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the thin flat substance that you use for writing on or wrapping things in
    a package wrapped in brown paper
    a piece/sheet of paper: Stuart handed me a piece of paper with an address written on it.
  2. 2
    [countable] a newspaper
    He sat down and read the paper.
    The story was in all the papers.
    Is that today’s paper?
  3. 3


    [plural] official documents such as your passport
    We had to show our papers at the security desk.
    1. a.
      documents relating to work, study, or personal matters
      His private papers include a diary of his first year in Congress.
      Some important papers are missing from the files.
  4. 4
    [countable] a piece of writing or a talk on an academic subject
    present a paper: Leading scholars have been invited to present papers at the conference.
    paper on: He has published many papers on the subject.
    1. a.
      a piece of writing that is done as part of a course at school or college
      paper on: I have to write a paper on the Cuban Revolution.
  5. 6
    [countable] British an examination, or the answers that a student has written
    Please hand your papers in now.


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