para

noun
pa·​ra | \ ˈpär-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or para

Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire
b : a coin representing one para
2 [ Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish ] — see dinar at Money Table

Definition of para (Entry 2 of 6)

para-

prefix
variants: or par-

Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from parathyroid parenteral
2a : closely related to paraldehyde
b : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene
3a : faulty : abnormal paresthesia
b : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity paramedical
c : closely resembling : almost paratyphoid

Definition of para- (Entry 4 of 6)

: parachute paratrooper
plural -paras or -parae

Definition of -para (Entry 5 of 6)

: woman delivered of (so many) children primipara

Pará

geographical name
Pa·​rá | \ pə-ˈrä How to pronounce Pará (audio) \

Definition of Pará (Entry 6 of 6)

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon
2 state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051
3 — see belém

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

El Paso es una ciudad que tiene mucho amor para su gente. Jazmine Ulloa, BostonGlobe.com, "El Paso is my hometown. I returned to find unity and resilience in a mass shooters’ wake," 10 Aug. 2019 Espero que el señor Gobernador identifique y someta un candidato para el puesto de Secretario/a de Estado antes del 2 de agosto y así se lo he manifestado. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "9 questions about Puerto Rico’s political crisis you were too embarrassed to ask," 30 July 2019 Espero que el señor Gobernador identifique y someta un candidato para el puesto de Secretario/a de Estado antes del 2 de agosto y así se lo he manifestado. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "9 questions about Puerto Rico’s political crisis you were too embarrassed to ask," 30 July 2019 Espero que el señor Gobernador identifique y someta un candidato para el puesto de Secretario/a de Estado antes del 2 de agosto y así se lo he manifestado. Michael Deibert, Fortune, "The Successor for Puerto Rican Governor Doesn’t Want the Job. Here’s Who’s Next in Line," 29 July 2019 Ya queda muy poquito para el estreno de mi serie en @primevideosport. SI.com, "Watch: Trailer Revealed for Sergio Ramos's Amazon Prime Documentary," 22 July 2019 Of the six who reached finals, Huang and junior para-athlete Noah Jaffe were the standouts. Ken Grosse, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Dieguito swimming team makes splash in first year," 16 May 2019 Maria Arroyo, who has worked at Daly Academy for 12 years, was honored in the para-educator and instructional assistance category. San Diego Union-Tribune, "School districts choose teachers, classified employees of year," 19 June 2019 Después aprendió carpintería para que tuviera un oficio artesanal. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of para

Noun

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for para

Noun

Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap

Prefix

Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for

Combining form

extracted from parachute entry 1

Noun combining form

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare

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para-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of para-

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or outside of
: helping highly trained professionals by doing tasks that require less training

English Language Learners Definition of para- (Entry 2 of 2)

: parachute

para

noun
\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or parae\ ˈpar-​ˌē How to pronounce parae (audio) \

Medical Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a woman delivered of a specified number of children used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the number multiparaa 36-year-old para 5 — compare gravida

para

adjective
\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \

Medical Definition of para (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
2 : of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions

para-

prefix
\ ˌpar-ə, ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para- (audio) \
variants: or par-

Medical Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely related to paraldehyde
2 : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene abbreviation p- — compare meta- sense 2, orth- sense 2

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