paper

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paper

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
paper

Plural
papers

A piece of paper
Some papers
  1. (uncountable) Paper is a material for writing and drawing on and is made from wood pulp.
    A notebook is made from sheets of paper.
    She made a paper airplane.
  2. (countable) A paper refers to a newspaper, magazine, newsletter, etc. Something that is used to inform people about the news.
    Is there anything interesting in today's paper?
    The interview I had with the press was published in today's paper.
  3. (uncountable) Paper refers to wallpaper, paper that is pasted onto a wall to decorate the place.
    We've put up new paper in the dining room to make the place look prettier.
  4. (uncountable) Paper refers to wrapping paper, paper used to wrap things such as presents.
    The parcel was wrapped in brown paper.
  5. (countable) A paper is a written document that reports scientific or academic research.
    While in university, the professor had written many papers to publish his research in physics.
  6. (countable) A paper refers to a written document. It is usually shorter than a book and is mainly written for the government.
    The population white paper was published to explain the government's plan in managing the increase in the population.
  7. Paper refers to the documents that a person carries when going to another country or crossing borders.
    The corrupted officers took away his papers and was held in the airport for 48 hours.


Adjective[change]

Positive
paper

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. Something that is made of paper.
    Supermarkets now use paper bags instead of plastic bags to save the environment.
  2. When someone is paper, it means that the person is good in theory (on paper), but bad in practice or reality.
    That person is a paper general. Even though he has received many awards, he has never fought a single war before.

Verb[change]

Plain form
paper

Third-person singular
papers

Past tense
papered

Past participle
papered

Present participle
papering

  1. When you paper something, you hang paper (especially wallpaper) onto it.
    I shall paper the dining room tomorrow.