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"paper" in British English

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uk   /ˈpeɪ.pər/  us   /-pɚ/

paper noun (MATERIAL)

A1 [U] thin, ​flatmaterial made from ​crushedwood or ​cloth, used for writing, ​printing, or ​drawing on: a ​piece/​sheet of paper writing paper Dictionaries are usually ​printed on ​thin paper. a paper ​bag This ​card is ​printed on recycled paper (= paper made from used paper). Get the ​idea down on paper (= write it) before you ​forget it. She ​works on paper (= writes things on paper) because she ​hatescomputers.
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paper noun (DOCUMENT)

B1 [C] a ​newspaper: a ​daily/​weekly/​local/​national paper The ​photo was on the ​frontpage of all the papers.papers [plural] officialdocuments, ​especiallyones that show who you are: The ​borderguardsstopped me and ​asked to ​see my papers.A2 [C] UK a set of ​printedquestions for an ​exam: Candidates must ​answer two ​questions from each paper. The ​geography paper is not till next ​week.C2 [C] a ​piece of writing on a ​particularsubject written by an ​expert and usually ​published in a ​book or journal, or ​readaloud to other ​people: He will give a paper onthermodynamics at a ​conference in Berlin.B1 [C] US (UK essay) a ​shortpiece of writing on a ​particularsubject, ​especially one done by ​students as ​part of the ​work for a ​course: Mr Jones ​thought my ​history paper was ​terrific. For ​homework I ​want you to write a paper onendangeredspecies.

paperverb [T]

uk   /ˈpeɪ.pər/  us   /-pɚ/
to ​cover a ​wall, ​room, etc. with wallpaper
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(Definition of paper from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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papernoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpeɪ·pər/
a ​thin, ​flatmaterial made from ​crushedwood or ​cloth used esp. for writing and ​printing on and in packaging: [U] a ​piece/​sheet of paper [U] a paper ​bag/​towel [U] paper ​cups/​napkins/​plates Let's put some of ​your good ​ideas down on paper (= write them down) A paper is also a ​newspaper: [C] I ​read it in the paper. A paper is also a ​piece of writing by a ​student for a ​course: [C] One of the ​courserequirements is a 20-page paper.

paperverb [T]

 us   /ˈpeɪ·pər/
to put wallpaper (= ​decorative paper) on a ​surface, esp. a ​wall: We ​plan to paper the ​diningroom.
(Definition of paper from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"paper" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈpeɪpər/
[U] thin, ​flatmaterial used for writing, ​printing, or ​drawing on: There was a huge ​stack of papers on her ​desk.a sheet/piece of paper Someone had ​printed the ​memo on yellow sheets of paper and ​posted it around the ​office. The paper ​industryrecovery of the last ​yearshows little ​sign of ​slowing down.
[C] a ​newspaper, or the ​company that ​owns and ​operates a ​newspaper: Murdoch has made an ​offer to ​buy the the papers There was nothing about the ​trial in the papers this morning. an ​article in Hong Kong's ​leading financial paper a daily/​weekly paper a local/​national paper
[U] (also financial paper) FINANCE assets in the ​form of ​bonds, ​shares, etc., as ​opposed to ​cash: The ​rise in ​shareprices encourages ​bidders to issue their own paper. The ​systemfailed because ​peoplerealized that the securitized ​financial paper was not ​worth the ​toprating it had received.
papers [plural] officialdocuments that show who you are: The ​company was ​fined for ​hiring over a hundred ​immigrants without papers.
LAW, GOVERNMENT an ​officialgovernment or ​legaldocument: Lawyers argued in papers ​submitted last month that ​lowercourts were wrong to ​dismiss the ​lawsuit. The ​committee issued a paperstating that further ​information and ​analysis was ​required.
[C] a ​piece of writing on a particular ​subject, written by an ​expert and usually ​published in a ​book or ​journal: The paper ​recommends a ​series of ​steps for ​dealing with the problem.
on paper written or ​printed on paper: The ​engineersworked out their ​ideas on paper. used to say that although an ​idea seems good when you ​think of it, it may not be so good when you ​try to use it: It's a good ​plan on paper, but will it really ​work?
(Definition of paper from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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