paragraph

noun
par·​a·​graph | \ ˈper-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce paragraph (audio) , ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paragraph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 The introductory paragraphs were written by the editor.
b : a short composition or note that is complete in one paragraph
2 : a character (such as ¶) used to indicate the beginning of a paragraph and as a reference mark

paragraph

verb
paragraphed; paragraphing; paragraphs

Definition of paragraph (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to write paragraphs about
2 : to divide into paragraphs

intransitive verb

: to write paragraphs

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Other Words from paragraph

Noun

paragraphic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce paragraphic (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of paragraph in a Sentence

Noun

In the second paragraph from the bottom, you've misspelled “their” as “thier.” Please refer to section 2, paragraph 4 for the appropriate information. The two introductory paragraphs were written by the editor.
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That third investigation appears to be described in one brief paragraph near the end of the memo, but it is fully redacted. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "4 takeaways from Mueller’s sentencing memo for Michael Flynn," 5 Dec. 2018 Kameny learned of his loss by reading a one-paragraph news item in the Washington Star. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "The gay rights pioneer who demanded justice from the Supreme Court in 1960," 9 June 2018 Some students also were attempting to game the computer program by writing one spectacular paragraph and then repeating it over and over again. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. ponders hiring a computer to grade MCAS essays. What could go wrong?," 21 May 2018 But in condensing 35 seasons of Indy-car history to one paragraph, Coyne does sort of gloss over decades of struggles on the racetrack and challenges at the bank. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thirty-five years into his 'big climb,' Dale Coyne is closer to the peak than ever," 23 June 2018 After reading one too many multi-paragraph-long Facebook posts from friend-quaintences in their post-workout glee, curiosity got the best of me. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Which Philly-area spin studio classes are worth the hype and heavy price tag?," 29 May 2018 The one-paragraph Miami-Dade police report says no harm, no foul. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Cheesecake Factory says it suspended employees for mocking black customer's MAGA hat | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 Perhaps the two least honest paragraphs in American newspapers today arrive courtesy of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.). James Freeman, WSJ, "Remember When Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Loved Business?," 4 Feb. 2019 Otherwise, you shall be bound to arbitrate disputes in accordance with the terms of those paragraphs. sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of paragraph

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for paragraph

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of paragraph was in the 15th century

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paragraph

noun

English Language Learners 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

paragraph

noun
para·​graph | \ ˈper-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce paragraph (audio) \

Kids Definition of paragraph

: 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

paragraph

noun
para·​graph

Legal Definition of paragraph

: a distinct often numbered or otherwise designated section of a document or writing (as a statute or pleading)

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