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Definition for: preposition

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English

Etymology

Latin praepositio , from praeponere (to place before); prae (before) + ponere (to put, place); compare French préposition . (See position, and compare provost.)

Pronunciation

prĕp-ə-zĭsh'ən

Noun

preposition ( plural prepositions )

  1. ( grammar ) : A closed class of non-inflecting words typically employed to connect a noun or a pronoun, in an adjectival or adverbial sense, with some other word; a particle used with a noun or pronoun (in English always in the objective case) to make a phrase limiting some other word;so called because it is usually placed before the word with which it is phrased; as, a bridge of iron; he comes from town; it is good for food; he escaped by running. Prepositions are a heterogeneous class of words, with fuzzy boundaries that tend to overlap with other categories (like verbs, nouns, and adjectives).
  1. (Obsolete): A proposition; an exposition; a discourse.
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Translations

  • Chinese: 介詞, 介词 (jiècí)
  • Czech: předložka f .
  • Danish: forholdsord, præposition
  • Dutch: voorzetsel n .
  • French: préposition
  • Frisian: ferhâldingswurd n .
  • German: Präposition f .
  • Greek, Ancient: πρόθεσις (próthesis) f .
  • Indonesian: kata depan
  • Interlingua: preposition
  • Italian: preposizione f .
  • Japanese: 前置詞 (ぜんちし, zenchishi)
  • Kurdish: daçek f .
  • Latin: praepositio f .
  • Novial: prepositione
  • Polish: przyimek m .
  • Portuguese: preposição f .
  • Russian: предлог (predlóg) m .
  • Spanish: preposición f .
  • Swedish: preposition c .

See also

Verb

preposition

Etymology

pre-+position

Alternative spelling

pre-+position

  1. To place in a location before some other event occurs.
    It is important to preposition the material before turning on the machine.



Interlingua

Noun

preposition

  1. a word that is used in conjuction with a noun or pronoun in order to form a phrase.

Other Translations for "preposition"

Braille 6 Dot
Braille 8 Dot
Sign Language Spelling
Morse Codepreposition
Hexf0 72 65 f0 6f f3 69 74 69 6f ee
Pig Latinepositionpray

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