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paragraph

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noun par·a·graph \ˈper-ə-ˌgraf, ˈpa-rə-\

Simple Definition of paragraph

  • : a part of a piece of writing that usually deals with one subject, that begins on a new line, and that is made up of one or more sentences

Full Definition of paragraph

  1. 1 a :  a subdivision of a written composition that consists of one or more sentences, deals with one point or gives the words of one speaker, and begins on a new usually indented line b :  a short composition or note that is complete in one paragraph

  2. 2 :  a character (as ¶) used to indicate the beginning of a paragraph and as a reference mark

par·a·graph·ic play \ˌper-ə-ˈgra-fik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of paragraph

  1. In the second paragraph from the bottom, you've misspelled their as thier.

  2. Please refer to section 2, paragraph 4 for the appropriate information.

  3. The two introductory paragraphs were written by the editor.



Origin of paragraph

Middle English paragraf marginal sign marking a paragraph, from Anglo-French parogref, from Medieval Latin paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos line used to mark change of persons in a dialogue, from paragraphein to write alongside, from para- + graphein to write — more at carve


First Known Use: 1525

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paragraph

verb par·a·graph

Definition of paragraph

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to write paragraphs about

  3. 2 :  to divide into paragraphs

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to write paragraphs



1764

First Known Use of paragraph

1764


PARAGRAPH Defined for Kids

paragraph

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noun para·graph \ˈper-ə-ˌgraf\

Definition of paragraph

  1. :  a part of a piece of writing that is made up of one or more sentences and has to do with one topic or gives the words of one speaker





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