One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A distinct section of a piece of writing, usually dealing with a single theme and indicated by a new line, indentation, or numbering.
section, subdivision, part, subsection, division, portion, segment, bit, passage, clausereport, article, item, piece, notice, write-up, note, mentionView synonyms
- ‘Entries are usually fairly short, maybe a sentence or a paragraph, but can be much longer.’
- ‘It just took fifteen minutes to write that paragraph and I'm still not sure whether it makes any sense.’
- ‘I'm going to try to summarize in a few paragraphs the qualities that make up a good player.’
- ‘He was reading through the file, staring at a single name in one of the paragraphs in the report.’
- ‘I have been trying to find a detailed description of this but there are only short paragraphs.’
- ‘Also, does anyone know how to separate paragraphs with a line or something on a chapter?’
- ‘The following paragraphs summarise or refer to your main terms and conditions of service as they apply at present.’
- ‘Then in the concluding three paragraphs the doctor summarises his opinion.’
- ‘The transcripts were hand-written with many lines and paragraphs crossed out.’
- ‘In a series of numbered paragraphs, Lord Taylor summarised the position.’
- ‘Would your Honour like me to just refer to the specific paragraphs where the sections have been amended?’
- ‘We agree with the views expressed in that paragraph but we emphasise that today we would not have allowed that appeal.’
- ‘I mentioned, a few paragraphs ago, the conceptual structure of a plural noun, such as houses.’
- ‘The article is all but fourteen paragraphs long but the real stuffing of the reflective piece is the last five.’
- ‘In the process of drafting their material, they may combine and recombine paragraphs.’
- ‘Now go back and re-read the first paragraph or the next sentence will sound a little strange.’
- ‘In the first paragraph the trial judge accurately set out the first two issues.’
- ‘The style is similar to that of a textbook with several indented paragraphs of quotes.’
- ‘Each chapter has a useful set of concluding paragraphs for a quick analysis of theme studies.’
- ‘I'm going to have to learn to summarise the days events and my thoughts into a few paragraphs.’
Arrange (a piece of writing) in paragraphs.
- ‘It would read even faster had he paragraphed the dialogue out, but then again, that would have doubled the length of an already weighty book.’
- ‘This would have got 9 or 10 if it had been paragraphed from the start.’
Late 15th century: from French paragraphe, via medieval Latin from Greek paragraphos ‘short stroke marking a break in sense’, from para- ‘beside’ + graphein ‘write’.
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