paperpa‧per1 /ˈpeɪpə $ -ər/ ●●●S1W1 noun 🔊 🔊 1for writing/wrapping [uncountable]TDmaterial in the form of thinsheets that is used for writing on, wrapping things etc 🔊 I’ll get you a piece of paper so you can write the number down. 🔊 Do you have a pen and paper?2newspaper [countable]TCN a newspaper 🔊 Have you seen today’s paper? 🔊 You’ll read about it in tomorrow’s papers. 🔊 the Sunday papers► see thesaurus at newspaper3 →papers4 →on paper5examination [countable] British English a set of printedquestions used as an examination in a particular subject, and the answers people write 🔊 an exam paper 🔊 I have a stack of papers to mark.history/French etc paper 🔊 The geography paper was really easy.► see thesaurus at test6speech/piece of writing [countable] a piece of writing or a talk on a particular subject by someone who has made a study of it 🔊 a scientific paperpaper on 🔊 a paper on psychology 🔊 Professor Usborne gave a paper on recent developments in his field.7piece of schoolwork [countable] especially American English a piece of writing that is done as part of a course at school or university syn essaypaper on 🔊 a paper on the Civil War8official publication [countable] a reportprepared by a government or committee on a question they have been considering or a proposal for changes in the law 🔊 We will publish a discussion paper on the future of the BBC.paper on 🔊 the 1998 White Paper on political reform 🔊 a working paper (=a report that is not final) on funding the Health Service9for walls [countable, uncountable]TBDHpaper for covering and decorating the walls of a room syn wallpaper 🔊 a floral paper10financial [countable, uncountable]stocks and shares that can be bought and sold on a financialmarket11toilet [uncountable]soft thin paper used for cleaning yourself after you have used the toilet syn toilet paper, toilet roll12 →not worth the paper it is written on/printed on → put/set pen to paperat pen1(3), → waste paperCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: material in the form of thin sheets that is used for writing on, wrapping things etcphrasesa sheet of paperEach recipe was written down on a separate sheet of paper.a piece of paperCan I have another piece of paper?a scrap/slip of paper (=a small piece)He scribbled Pamela’s address on a scrap of paper.a pad of paper (=many sheets of paper fixed together at one edge)Chris took out a pad of paper and started writing.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + paperwriting/note paper (=good quality paper for writing letters)Can you fetch me a piece of writing paper and a pen?plain paper (=with nothing written or printed on it)The package was wrapped in plain brown paper.lined paper (=printed with horizontal lines, for writing)a note written on lined paperwrapping paper (=coloured paper for wrapping presents)He carefully removed the wrapping paper so it wouldn’t tear.tissue paper (=very thin paper for wrapping things)All the clothes were wrapped in tissue paper.recycled paper (=paper made from waste paper)The envelopes are made from 100 percent recycled paper. COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘write on a paper’. Say write on a piece of paper.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a newspaperADJECTIVES/NOUN + papera local paperYou could try putting an advert in the local paper.a national paperThe story had been in all the national papers.a daily paperWhich of these daily papers do you usually read?a Sunday paperI only get a Sunday paper if I’ve got lots of spare time.an evening paperIan usually buys an evening paper on his way home.a tabloid paper (=one with small pages, especially one without much serious news)Don’t believe everything you read in the tabloid papers.a broadsheet paper (=one with large pages, usually one containing serious news)Tabloid newspapers are usually about half the size of a broadsheet paper.a quality paper British English (=one intended for educated readers )Readers of quality papers, such as the Telegraph and the Guardian, are mainly employed in professional jobs.
paperpaper2 ●●●S3W2 adjective [only before noun] 🔊 🔊 1TImade of paper 🔊 a paper bag2written or printed on paper 🔊 The brochure is available in electronic and paper versions.3 →paper qualifications4VALUEexisting only as an idea but not having any realvalue 🔊 paper profits (=a record of the value of something, that is not real until the thing is sold) 🔊 paper promises
paper• Panels can be painted, papered or purchased in pre-decorated finishes to simulate anything from tiles to woodgrain.• It was she who papered our rooms and did the painting.• It's papering over hugecracks.• No - they were wallpapering, and I was the wall - they were papering over me.• Actually I am papering the fridge with rules; you can no longer tell its color.• Sybil papered the loo with that article and others.• One day she happened into his office, only to discover an entire wall of it papered with inspirationalquotes.• When Hammaker returned to the Giants' locker room, the walls were papered with stories about his debacle.From Longman Business Dictionarypaperpa‧per /ˈpeɪpə-ər/ noun1[uncountable] material in the form of thin sheets used for writing things on, wrapping things etcplants that make chemicals for the paper industry →listing paper2[countable] a newspaperMany daily papers have a financial section.The Hollywood Reporter is a trade paper (=one that reports on a particular industry) for the film industry.3on papera)if you put ideas or information on paper, you write them downWe need to get these ideas down on paper.b)if something seems to be true on paper, it seems to be true as an idea, but may not be true in a real situationIt’s a nice idea on paper, but you’ll never get it to work.4[uncountable] (also financial paper)FINANCESECURITIES (=bonds etc) that can be traded on financial markets, rather than cash, and the CERTIFICATEs (=documents) relating to themMitsubishi is to issue (=make available and sell) as much as 200 billion yen of paper.There are times when people are doubtful of the viability of the financial paper they hold. →bank paper →bearer paper →commercial paper →fine paper5papers [plural] documents used by a person or organization in their workThe hotel filed papers (=officially sent them to the authorities) three weeks ago, seeking various building permits.According tocourt papers, the judge’s decision was based on the bank’s failure to comply with banking laws. →ship's papers6[countable] an official document you need in order to do somethingOnce all the necessary papers have been signed, the house is yours. →working papers