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noun     paper pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the thin flat substance that you use for writing on or wrapping things in

    a parcel wrapped in brown paper

    a piece/sheet of paper:

    Stuart handed me a piece of paper with an address written on it.

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  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.

  4. 4
    [countable] British an examination, or the answers that a student has written

    I had a maths paper in the afternoon.

    Please hand your papers in now.

  5. 5
    [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.
      mainly American a piece of writing that is done as part of a course at school or university
      paper on:

      I have to write a paper on the Cuban Revolution.

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