\ ˈpä How to pronounce pa (audio) , ˈpȯ How to pronounce pa (audio) \

Definition of pa

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Definition of Pa (Entry 2 of 5)

1 pascal
2 Pennsylvania

Definition of Pa (Entry 3 of 5)

\ (ˌ)pē-ˈā How to pronounce PA (audio) \

Definition of PA (Entry 4 of 5)

Definition of PA (Entry 5 of 5)

1 Pennsylvania
2 chiefly British per annum
3 personal assistant
4 power amplifier
5 power of attorney
6 press agent
7 professional association
8 public address
9 purchasing agent

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Synonyms for pa

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of pa in a Sentence

Noun (1) Pa, can I go out? I cherish my memories of the times that I went fishing with my pa.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's okay though, because, as a kid, no amount of money could've stopped me from playing with my pa-la-la-la Polly. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Vintage Polly Pockets Might Be Worth a Ton of Money," 18 Feb. 2020 There are dozens of variations, from haemul pa-jeon, a seafood scallion pancake, to kkaenip-jeon, perilla leaves stuffed with meat. NBC News, "From Chinese to Tibetan, all the most delicious Lunar New Year dishes explained," 25 Jan. 2020 Because there's a coalition of forces that are there that are putting pressure, the Iraqi partners were actually instrumental in taking down the caliphate. CBS News, "Transcript: Robert Ashley talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 15 Jan. 2020 In this case the sum of pa and qb can take on values that range from 0 to 3.98 and at a = 1 and b = 1, the sum is 1.99. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Slippery Math of Causation’," 29 June 2018 Bama is the corporate behemoth out to destroy your college football ma-and-pa shops. Lorenzo Arguello, SI.com, "College Football Playoff Rankings Preview: Three Questions About the First Top Four," 31 Oct. 2017 Square takes a predictable cut of every transaction its ma-and-pa merchant customers make. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Square’s Overlooked Success," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pa

Noun (1)

circa 1629, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pa

Noun (1)

short for papa

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“Pa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pa. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pa

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informal + old-fashioned : a person's father


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English Language Learners Definition of PA (Entry 2 of 2)

: a machine with a microphone and speakers used for making announcements in a public place


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Kids Definition of pa

Pa., PA


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Medical Definition of Pa

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Medical Definition of PA (Entry 2 of 3)

Medical Definition of PA (Entry 3 of 3)

pernicious anemia

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