papers, papering, papered
1) N-UNCOUNT Paper is a material that you write on or wrap things with. The pages of this book are made of paper.

He wrote his name down on a piece of paper for me...

She sat at the table with pen and paper.

...a sheet of pretty wrapping paper.

...a paper bag.

2) N-COUNT A paper is a newspaper.

I might get a paper in the village...

I'll cook and you read the paper.

3) N-COUNT: the N You can refer to newspapers in general as the paper or the papers.

You can't believe everything you read in the paper...

There's been a lot in the papers about the problems facing stepchildren.

the press
4) N-PLURAL: usu with poss Your papers are sheets of paper with writing or information on them, which you might keep in a safe place at home.

After her death, her papers - including unpublished articles and correspondence - were deposited at the library.

5) N-PLURAL: usu poss N Your papers are official documents, for example your passport or identity card, which prove who you are or which give you official permission to do something.

A young Moroccan stopped by police refused to show his papers...

They have arrested four people who were trying to leave the country with forged papers.

6) N-COUNT A paper is a long, formal piece of writing about an academic subject.

He just published a paper in the journal Nature analyzing the fires.

7) N-COUNT A paper is an essay written by a student. [mainly AM]
See also term paper

...the ten common errors that appear most frequently in student papers.

8) N-COUNT A paper is a part of a written examination in which you answer a number of questions in a particular period of time.

We sat each paper in the Hall...

She finished the exam paper.

...the applied mathematics paper.

9) N-COUNT A paper prepared by a government or a committee is a report on a question they have been considering or a set of proposals for changes in the law.
See also , White Paper

...a new government paper on European policy.

10) ADJ: ADJ n Paper agreements, qualifications, or profits are ones that are stated by official documents to exist, although they may not really be effective or useful.

They expressed deep mistrust of the paper promises...

We're looking for people who have experience rather than paper qualifications.

11) VERB If you paper a wall, you put wallpaper on it.

[V n] We papered all four bedrooms...

[V n] We have papered this bedroom in softest grey...

[V-ed] The room was strange, the walls half papered, half painted.

12) PHRASE: PHR after v If you put your thoughts down on paper, you write them down.

It is important to get something down on paper...

It was the first time I had put it all down on paper. I found it helped.

13) PHRASE If something seems to be the case on paper, it seems to be the case from what you read or hear about it, but it may not really be the case.

On paper, their country is a multi-party democracy...

The family is estimated to have been worth, on paper at least, more than ₤1.1billion.

in theory
14) PHRASE: Vs inflect (disapproval) If you say that a promise, an agreement, or a guarantee is not worth the paper it's written on, you mean that although it has been written down and seems to be official, it is in fact worthless because what has been promised will not be done.
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