Meaning of “paragraph” in the English Dictionary

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"paragraph" in British English

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paragraphnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpær.ə.ɡrɑːf/ us /ˈper.ə.ɡræf/ written abbreviation para

B1 a short part of a text, consisting of at least one sentence and beginning on a new line. It usually deals with a single event, description, idea, etc.

Examples

  • Can you pick out the three deliberate mistakes in this paragraph?
  • Cut that paragraph and then paste it at the end of the page.
  • Now turn to page 23 and look at the first paragraph.
  • Each new paragraph should be indented about two centimetres from the margin.
  • You just need to tweak the last paragraph and then it's done.

(Definition of “paragraph” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"paragraph" in American English

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paragraphnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpær·əˌɡræf/ abbreviation par.

a short part of a text that begins on a new line and consists of one or more sentences dealing with a single idea

(Definition of “paragraph” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"paragraph" in Business English

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paragraphnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpærəɡrɑːf/ us /ˈpærəɡræf/ written abbreviation para

one of the parts that a piece of writing is divided into, consisting of one or more sentences and beginning on a new line:

What ideas is the author trying to express in the first paragraph?
the opening/closing/introductory paragraph The closing paragraph of the article is not very convincing.

(Definition of “paragraph” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)