[ par-uh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈpær əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /
a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a particular idea, usually beginning with an indentation on a new line.
a note, item, or brief article, as in a newspaper.
verb (used with object)
to divide into paragraphs.
to write or publish paragraphs about, as in a newspaper.
to express in a paragraph.
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OTHER WORDS FROM paragraph
par·a·graph·ism, nounpar·a·gra·phis·ti·cal [par-uh-gruh-fis-ti-kuh l] /ˌpær ə grəˈfɪs tɪ kəl/, adjectivesub·par·a·graph, nounun·par·a·graphed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subparagraph
/ (ˈpærəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /
(in a piece of writing) one of a series of subsections each usually devoted to one idea and each usually marked by the beginning of a new line, indentation, increased interlinear space, etc
printing the character ¶, used as a reference mark or to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph
a short article in a newspaper
to form into paragraphs
to express or report in a paragraph
Derived forms of paragraphparagraphic (ˌpærəˈɡræfɪk) or paragraphical, adjectiveparagraphically, adverb
Word Origin for paragraph
C16: from Medieval Latin paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos line drawing attention to part of a text, from paragraphein to write beside, from para- 1 + graphein to write
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Cultural definitions for subparagraph
A basic unit of prose. It is usually composed of several sentences that together develop one central idea. The main sentence in a paragraph is called the topic sentence.
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