pa·​per·​work | \ˈpā-pər-ˌwərk \

Definition of paperwork 

: routine clerical or record-keeping work often incidental to a more important task

Examples of paperwork in a Sentence

She failed to file the paperwork on time. The lawyer had us fill in the paperwork for the mortgage.

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Darby is listed as an employee at Blue Spring State Park in arrest paperwork. Michael Williams,, "Blue Spring State Park employee arrested on child-porn charges, deputies say," 10 July 2018 The special counsel opposed that motion, according to paperwork filed by the defense. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "Paul Manafort Seeks to Move Criminal Trial Hundreds of Miles From Washington," 7 July 2018 And late last year, an investigation revealed the city filed false paperwork on lead paint inspections, with authorities signing off on inspections that never happened. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 2018 James' representatives face a league deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday to file the paperwork. Marla Ridenour Akron Beacon Journal, star-telegram, "LeBron James opts out of contract, will hit free agency Sunday," 29 June 2018 The Nuggets are filing paperwork to decline Nikola Jokic’s team option, setting up 5-year max deal worth $146.5 million once free agency begins. Scooby Axson,, "NBA Free Agency Rumors: Kevin Durant To Opt Out, Re-Sign With Warriors," 26 June 2018 She is listed in city paperwork as her own campaign treasurer. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Tamarac mayoral candidates with same last name could cause confusion," 25 June 2018 By the noon deadline, no one filed paperwork to vie for her District 6 seat on the Miami-Dade County School Board, nor did anyone challenge District 8 incumbent Marta Perez. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "No challengers, so these two Miami School Board members are automatically re-elected," 22 June 2018 Schools sometimes wait for the next school year to send in paperwork to confirm eligibility and addresses for fall athletes. Eric Sondheimer,, "Baseball/softball: Playoff schedule for Tuesday," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of paperwork

1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paperwork

: routine work that involves writing letters, reports, etc.

: the official documents that are needed for something to happen or be done


pa·​per·​work | \ˈpā-pər-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of paperwork

: the documents that are a requirement for or a routine part of something

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