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Preposition \Prep`o*si"tion\, n. [L. praepositio, fr. praeponere
to place before; prae before ponere to put, place: cf. F.
pr['e]position. See {Position}, and cf. {Provost}.]
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1. (Gram.) A word 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 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.
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2. A proposition; an exposition; a discourse. [Obs.]
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He made a long preposition and oration. --Fabyan.
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n 1: a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or
noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an
adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
2: (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element before
another (as placing a modifier before the word it modifies in
a sentence or placing an affix before the base to which it is

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  • preposition Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    preposition definition: 1 in grammar, a word that is used before a noun, a noun phrase, or a pronoun, connecting it to another word: 2 a word that connects a noun, a noun phrase, or a pronoun to another word, esp to a verb, another noun, or an adjective: Meaning of “preposition” in the English Dictionary projective static
  • Preposition definition and meaning | Collins English . . .
    British English: preposition NOUN A preposition is a word such as 'by', 'for', 'into', or 'with' which usually has a noun group as its object There is nothing in the rules of grammar to suggest that ending a sentence with a preposition is wrong
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  • Preposition - Definition for English-Language Learners . . .
    :a word or group of words that is used with a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to show direction, location, or time, or to introduce an object
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    Definition of lone from the Collins English Dictionary Prepositions A preposition is one of a small but very common group of words that relate different items to each other lone | Definition of lone in English by Oxford Dictionaries
  • Search definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    British English: search sɜːtʃ NOUN A search is an attempt to find something by looking for it carefully After an hour-long search, she finally found her ring
  • English | Definition of English in English by Oxford . . .
    English is the principal language of Great Britain, the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries It is the second most commonly spoken first language, with some 400 million native speakers, and is the world's most widely used second language
  • Preposition | Definition of Preposition by Merriam-Webster
    Kids Definition of preposition : a word or group of words that combines with a noun or pronoun to form a phrase that usually acts as an adverb, adjective, or noun “With” in “the house with the red door” is a preposition
  • English - definition of English by The Free Dictionary
    Define English English synonyms, English pronunciation, English translation, English dictionary definition of English adj 1 Of, relating to, or characteristic of England or its people or culture 2 Of or relating to the English language n 1 The people of England
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