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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The group is free and open to all writers to share a few paragraphs of ongoing work. courant.com, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 3 July 2019 Conference scheduling: Immediately after the cancelation clause is a paragraph dealing with conference scheduling. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al.com, "How Alabama’s 2-for-1 football series with South Florida is structured," 24 June 2019 Tucked inside the sprawling bill is a paragraph that gives the gaming board broad authority to close its meetings under the Open Meetings Act. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Is Poised to Become the Gambling Capital of the Midwest," 10 June 2019 The book’s vignettes, many only a paragraph long, are like flashes of memory: a boy walking the streets of Sarajevo, a boy lying sick on the couch, a boy being bullied. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 This story has been corrected in the fourth paragraph to show that Curve has around 500,000 users, instead of more than 500,000. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "We are “very close” to peak fintech, with more than 10,000 startups jumping into the boom," 5 June 2019 In the fourth paragraph, the only one devoted exclusively to Milan, the story notes: Bobbie Plump led Milan with 16. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Milan Miracle's shadow has made Fillmore the greatest story never told from 1954," 22 June 2019 Examples of simple blocks include paragraphs, headers, or images. Khe Hy, Quartz at Work, "Five “creator” apps that have captured Silicon Valley’s attention," 19 June 2019 The book’s tone alternates, sometimes within a single paragraph, between the citation-heavy pop psychology of a TED talk and the aw-shucks wisdom of a homily at a prosperous stone church in a D.C. suburb. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "David Brooks’s Moral Journey," 5 June 2019

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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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