I. noun Etymology: 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 Date: 1525 1. a. 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 b. a short composition or note that is complete in one paragraph 2. a character (as ¶) used to indicate the beginning of a paragraph and as a reference mark • paragraphic adjective II. verb Date: 1764 transitive verb 1. to write paragraphs about 2. to divide into paragraphs intransitive verb to write paragraphs

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