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Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪpər; ˈpeɪpə(r)/

Translation of paper in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (material) papel (masculine) don't throw paper on the floor no tiren papeles al suelo it's made of paper es de papel a sheet of paper una hoja de papel a piece of paper un papel I spent four years at college to get this piece of paper me pasé cuatro años en la universidad para conseguir este papelito or (Chile) este cartón [colloquial/familiar] it's not worth the paper it's printed o written on this agreement/contract is not worth the paper it's printed on este acuerdo/contrato es papel mojado or no tiene el menor valor on paper en teoría the scheme looks excellent on paper en teoría or sobre el papel el plan es excelente on paper he's very well qualified but … diplomas ( or certificados etc) tiene muchos pero … to get o put sth down on paper poner* algo por escrito (before noun/delante del nombre) [towel/handkerchief] de papel paper currency papel (masculine) moneda paper cutter guillotina (feminine) paper industry industria (feminine) papelera paper loss [Finance] pérdida (feminine) no realizada paper profit [Finance] beneficio (masculine) no realizado paper qualifications títulos (masculine plural)
    Example sentences
    • The first thing to buy is a large sheet of white thick paper or thin card, which you gently bend into a right angled curve.
    • Taking out a sheet of paper with lots of writing on it, Daria nodded, took a deep breath, and began her story.
    • She slid her nail along the top to open it and pulled out a single sheet of paper with a drawing and a sentence hastily scribbled along the bottom.
    1.2 countable/numerable (wrapper) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) envoltorio (masculine), papel (masculine) 1.3 uncountable/no numerable
    papel (masculine) (pintado)
    1.4 countable/numerable
    (cigarette paper)
    papel (masculine) de fumar, sábana (feminine) (Mexico/México)
  • 2 countable/numerable (newspaper) diario (masculine), periódico (masculine) I read/saw it in the paper lo leí/lo vi en el diario or periódico what did the papers say about it? ¿qué salió en los diarios or periódicos al respecto? (before noun/delante del nombre) paper boy/girl repartidor, (masculine, feminine) de periódicos or diarios, diar(i)ero, (masculine, feminine) (Southern Cone/Cono Sur)
    Example sentences
    • Besides the general-circulation papers, newspapers continued to flourish as agents of various special communities.
    • New York had nine daily newspapers then, plus papers in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey, and three wire services.
    • These findings provide a prescription for future newspaper content if papers are to gain young readers now and keep them in the future.
  • 3 countable/numerable 3.1 (for journal) trabajo (masculine), artículo (masculine); (at conference) ponencia (feminine), comunicación (feminine) a research paper un trabajo de investigación to give o present a paper presentar una ponencia or una comunicación 3.2 (student essay) trabajo (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • However, the examiners who mark their papers will not be made aware of their circumstances, in order to preserve the integrity of the exams process.
    • The number of answer papers identifying all the scarecrows correctly was higher than usual.
    • The Department of Education and Science is also preparing to advertise for examiners to correct the papers to ensure the exams go ahead in June as planned.
    3.3 [Politics/Política] see green paper, white paper
    Example sentences
    • Detailed policy papers, letters and ministerial submissions are taped and listened to late into the evening, absorbed at double the normal speed.
    • I think that both the report and the strategy paper are positive documents for Bulgaria.
    • Based on that work stage three of the process will see the production of a series of policy papers setting out various options
    Example sentences
    • I presented my paper at the first session and, relieved it was over, took the nearest free seat.
    • This paper examines that question by considering the acute phase of care provided by the public sector.
    • Thursday had the best of the paper sessions from my point of view.
  • 5
    (papers plural)
    (documents) documentos (masculine plural), papeles (masculine plural) he had to hand over his identity papers tuvo que entregar sus documentos de identidad or su documentación personal you have to carry your papers at all time hay que llevar siempre los documentos or los papeles encima his car papers weren't in order no tenía los papeles or documentos del coche en regla ship's papers documentación (feminine) del barco to give sb her/his walking papers (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] poner* a algn de patitas en la calle [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • His first book on folklore, Custom and Myth, did not appear until 1884, but contained papers written and printed much earlier.
    • Well, they're probably excited they don't have to write any papers right now for their professors.
    • While studying at SFU, Terry would write his papers on cancer research.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [wall/room] empapelar or (in Mexico also/en México también) tapizar* 1.2 [Theater/Teatro] to paper the house regalar entradas

Phrasal verbs

paper over

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[hole/crack] tapar con papel; [rift/quarrel] tapar, disimular

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