Definition of paperwork noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪpəwɜːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪpərwɜːrk//
    [uncountable] Buying a home
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  1. 1the written work that is part of a job, such as filling in forms or writing letters and reports We're trying to cut down on the amount of paperwork involved. I spent the afternoon doing routine paperwork. a mound/mountain of paperwork
  2. 2all the documents that you need for something, such as a court case or buying a house How quickly can you prepare the paperwork? See related entries: Buying a home
  3. Extra examples He filed the necessary paperwork to establish the club’s business name. I have a lot of paperwork to get through. I need to get this paperwork done by tonight. The project involved an enormous amount of paperwork. I wish I could spend more time on designing and less time on paperwork. She spent the day catching up on the vast mound of paperwork that had built up. Teachers are being swamped with paperwork and have no time for lesson preparation. The paperwork seems to be in order. We can get the necessary paperwork signed tomorrow. Who is going to process the paperwork?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paperwork